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2006–07 Edmonton Oilers · NHL
Division 5th Northwest
Conference 12th Western
2006–07 record 32–43–7
Home record 19–19–3
Road record 13–24–4
Goals for 195 (30th)
Goals against 248 (16th)
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Jason Smith
Alternate captains Shawn Horcoff (Feb-Apr)
Ethan Moreau
Ryan Smyth (Oct-Feb)
Steve Staios (Feb-Apr)
Arena Rexall Place
Average attendance 16,839 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (31)
(Traded mid-season)
Assists Ales Hemsky (40)
Points Ryan Smyth (53)
Petr Sykora (53)
Ales Hemsky (53)
Penalties in minutes Matt Greene (109)
Wins Dwayne Roloson (27)
Goals against average Dwayne Roloson (2.75)

The 2006–07 Edmonton Oilers season began on October 5, 2006. It was the Oilers' 34th season, 27th in the NHL. After making it to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, the club had a disappointing season, finishing out of the playoffs.

Prior to the season the club experience the stunning loss of star defenceman Chris Pronger. After helping the Oilers to the Stanley Cup final in the 2005–06 season, Pronger requested a trade due to personal reasons. In early July, Pronger was sent to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and various draft picks.[1]

Not only did Pronger leave, but another major acquisition from the previous season, Michael Peca, was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent. Despite the losses in personnel, the Oilers had a very strong start to the season, briefly propelling them to the top of the Northwest Division standings. The Oilers would slowly fall back of the pack however, finding themselves well out of a playoff spot by the trade deadline.

At the deadline, the Oilers again stunned the NHL by trading their leading scorer, and pending Unrestricted Free Agent, Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for two prospects and a first round draft pick.[2] Reports later indicated that Smyth and the Oilers were only $100,000 apart in contract negotiations when the Oilers chose to make the trade.[3]

On the same night as the Smyth trade, the Oilers retired former captain Mark Messier's #11 sweater. The celebration of Messier also included having a street named after him in Edmonton. Oilers General Manager, and Messier's former teammate, Kevin Lowe was noticeably absent from the retirement ceremony. Messier won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers during his time in Edmonton.[4]

The Oilers set new marks in this season for both success and failure. Edmonton recorded its 1000th regular season win in the NHL on January 2, 2007,[5] while late in the season, the Oilers lost 12 consecutive games, a mark that surpassed Edmonton's record of 11, however the NHL does not now consider an overtime loss a true loss, thus does not officially break the franchise record for losses.[6][7]

In May 2007, Daryl Katz offered $145 million towards the purchase of the team. Sources close to the Edmonton Journal state that, as part of the deal, the team will remain in Edmonton.[8] No negotiations took place as the owners immediately responded that the Oilers were not for sale.[9]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
13 Vancouver Canucks 82 49 26 7 222 201 105
27 Minnesota Wild 82 48 26 8 235 191 104
38 Calgary Flames 82 43 29 10 258 226 96
49 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 272 251 95
512 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 43 7 195 248 71

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime/shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Game logEdit

OctoberEdit

Record for month 7–4–0 (Home 6–0–0 Away 1–4–0)

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 5 Calgary 1 – 3 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 1–0–0 2
2 October 7 Edmonton 1 – 2 Calgary Roloson 19,289 1–1–0 2
3 October 12 San Jose 4 – 6 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 2–1–0 4
4 October 14 Edmonton 4 – 3 Colorado Roloson 18,007 3–1–0 6
5 October 16 Edmonton 1 – 2 Vancouver Roloson 18,630 3–2–0 6
6 October 17 Vancouver 1 – 2 Edmonton Markkanen 16,839 4–2–0 8
7 October 21 Detroit 1 – 3 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 5–2–0 10
8 October 23 Phoenix 2 – 5 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 6–2–0 12
9 October 25 Edmonton 2 – 6 Anaheim Roloson 13,537 6–3–0 12
10 October 26 Edmonton 2 – 6 Phoenix Markkanen 13,021 6–4–0 12
11 October 28 Washington 0 – 4 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 7–4–0 14

NovemberEdit

Record for month 6–5–2 (Home 4–3–1 Away 2–2–1)

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
12 November 1 Nashville 5 – 3 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 7–5–0 14
13 November 3 Dallas 3 – 2 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 7–6–0 14
14 November 7 Edmonton 2 – 3 Montreal SO Roloson 21,273 7–6–1 15
15 November 8 Edmonton 0 – 3 Detroit Roloson 20,066 7–7–1 15
16 November 10 Edmonton 4 – 1 Columbus Roloson 16,902 8–7–1 17
17 November 12 Edmonton 3 – 5 St. Louis Markkanen 9,214 8–8–1 17
18 November 13 Edmonton 2 – 1 Colorado Roloson 17,725 9–8–1 19
19 November 16 St. Louis 2 – 6 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 10–8–1 21
20 November 18 Detroit 3 – 4 Edmonton SO Roloson 16,839 11–8–1 23
21 November 21 Calgary 1 – 2 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 12–8–1 25
22 November 24 Chicago 1 – 5 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 13–8–1 27
23 November 28 Anaheim 3 – 2 Edmonton OT Roloson 16,839 13–8–2 28
24 November 30 Colorado 7 – 3 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 13–9–2 28

DecemberEdit

Record for month 5–9–0 (Home 2–4–0 Away 3–5–0)

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
25 December 2 Columbus 4 – 0 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 13–10–2 28
26 December 4 Edmonton 4 – 0 Vancouver Roloson 18,630 14–10–2 30
27 December 6 Carolina 1 – 3 Edmonton Markkanen 16,839 15–10–2 32
28 December 8 Edmonton 2 – 0 Dallas Roloson 17,182 16–10–2 34
29 December 10 Edmonton 1 – 4 Chicago Roloson 11,523 16–11–2 34
30 December 12 Edmonton 2 – 3 Nashville Roloson 12,032 16–12–2 34
31 December 14 Minnesota 1 – 3 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 17–12–2 36
32 December 15 Edmonton 1 – 4 Colorado Roloson 17,589 17–13–2 36
33 December 19 Colorado 7 – 6 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 17–14–2 36
34 December 21 Edmonton 3 – 2 Phoenix Markkanen 12,704 18–14–2 38
35 December 23 Edmonton 2 – 3 Dallas Roloson 18,136 18–15–2 38
36 December 28 Los Angeles 7 – 4 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 18–16–2 38
37 December 30 Vancouver 6 – 2 Edmonton Markkanen 16,839 18–17–2 38
38 December 31 Edmonton 2 – 4 Calgary Roloson 19,289 18–18–2 38

JanuaryEdit

Record for month 7–4–2 (Home 4–3–1 Away 3–1–1)

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
39 January 2 Florida 1 – 4 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 19–18–2 40
40 January 4 Dallas 6 – 5 Edmonton SO Roloson 16,839 19–18–3 41
41 January 5 Edmonton 2 – 3 Vancouver OT Roloson 18,630 19–18–4 42
42 January 8 Edmonton 2 – 1 Los Angeles OT Roloson 16,224 20–18–4 44
43 January 10 Edmonton 3 – 2 San Jose Roloson 17,496 21–18–4 46
44 January 12 Minnesota 4 – 2 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 21–19–4 46
45 January 13 Edmonton 1 – 3 Calgary Roloson 19,289 21–20–4 46
46 January 16 Edmonton 2 – 1 Minnesota Roloson 18,568 22–20–4 48
47 January 18 Anaheim 1 – 4 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 23–20–4 50
48 January 20 Calgary 4 – 0 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 23–21–4 50
49 January 26 San Jose 5 – 1 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 23–22–4 50
50 January 27 Los Angeles 3 – 4 Edmonton Markkanen 16,839 24–22–4 52
51 January 31 Columbus 2 – 5 Edmonton Markkanen 16,839 25–22–4 54

FebruaryEdit

Record for month 5–4–2 (Home 2–1–0 Away 3–3–2)

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
52 February 1 Edmonton 3 – 5 Vancouver Roloson 18,630 25–23–4 54
53 February 3 Edmonton 3 – 2 Colorado Roloson 17,645 26–23–4 56
54 February 6 Vancouver 5 – 2 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 26–24–4 56
55 February 9 Chicago 1 – 2 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 27–24–4 58
56 February 11 Atlanta 1 – 5 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 28–24–4 60
57 February 13 Edmonton 0 – 3 Boston Roloson 16,449 28–25–4 60
58 February 15 Edmonton 1 – 2 Buffalo OT Roloson 18,690 28–25–5 61
59 February 17 Edmonton 3 – 4 Toronto Roloson 19,599 28–26–5 61
60 February 20 Edmonton 3 – 4 Ottawa SO Markkanen 19,716 28–26–6 62
61 February 22 Edmonton 4 – 0 Columbus Roloson 15,541 29–26–6 64
62 February 23 Edmonton 4 – 3 Detroit SO Roloson 20,066 30–26–6 66
63 February 25 Edmonton 1 – 4 Minnesota Roloson 18,568 30–27–6 66
64 February 27 Phoenix 3 – 0 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 30–28–6 66

MarchEdit

Record: 1–12–1; Home: 1–7–1; Road: 0–5–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
65 March 1 Minnesota 5 – 0 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 30–29–6 66
66 March 3 Calgary 4 – 2 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 30–30–6 66
67 March 7 Tampa Bay 3 – 1 Edmonton Markkanen 16,839 30–31–6 66
68 March 9 Edmonton 1 – 5 Anaheim Roloson 17,174 30–32–6 66
69 March 11 Edmonton 0 – 3 San Jose Roloson 17,496 30–33–6 66
70 March 12 Edmonton 1 – 5 Los Angeles Markkanen 16,954 30–34–6 66
71 March 15 Minnesota 2 – 1 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 30–35–6 66
72 March 17 St. Louis 3 – 2 Edmonton OT Roloson 16,839 30–35–7 67
73 March 19 Vancouver 2 – 1 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 30–36–7 67
74 March 21 Colorado 5 – 1 Edmonton Roloson 16,839 30–37–7 67
75 March 23 Colorado 3 – 4 Edmonton SO Roloson 16,839 31–37–7 69
76 March 24 Nashville 4 – 0 Edmonton Markkanen 16,839 31–38–7 69
77 March 27 Edmonton 3 – 4 Nashville Roloson 16,382 31–39–7 69
78 March 29 Edmonton 2 – 5 St. Louis Markkanen 13,745 31–40–7 69

AprilEdit

Record: 1–3–0; Home: 0–0–0; Road: 1–3–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
79 April 1 Edmonton 1 – 2 Chicago Roloson 12,193 31–41–7 69
80 April 3 Edmonton 0 – 3 Minnesota Markkanen 18,568 31–42–7 69
81 April 5 Edmonton 0 – 3 Minnesota Markannen 18,568 31–43–7 69
82 April 7 Edmonton 3 – 2 Calgary Roloson 19,289 32–43–7 71

PlayoffsEdit

The Oilers were eliminated from playoff contention for the third time in their last five seasons. With the Carolina Hurricanes also failing to qualify for the post-season, it marked the first time in NHL history that the previous season's finalists both failed to qualify for the playoffs.[10]

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Ryan Smyth 5331225338-----
Petr Sykora 8222315340-----
Ales Hemsky 6413405340-----
Shawn Horcoff 8016355156-----
Jarret Stoll 5113263948-----
Raffi Torres 8215193488-----
Joffrey Lupul 8116122845-----
Fernando Pisani 7714142840-----
Marc-Andre Bergeron 558172528-----
Marty Reasoner 726142060-----
Steve Staios 582151797-----
Patrick Thoresen 684121652-----
Toby Petersen 6469154-----
Daniel Tjarnqvist 373121530-----
Jason Smith 822911103-----
Marc-Antoine Pouliot 46471118-----
Ladislav Smid 77371037-----
Matt Greene 781910109-----
Brad Winchester 5945986-----
Jan Hejda 3918920-----
Tom Gilbert 121560-----
Petr Nedved 1914510-----
Dwayne Roloson 6803312-----
Mathieu Roy 1620230-----
Robert Nilsson 41014-----
Kyle Brodziak 61012-----
Zack Stortini 29101105-----
Danny Syvret 160116-----
Rob Schremp 10000-----
Sebastien Bisaillon 20000-----
Alexei Mikhnov 20000-----
Bryan Young 1500010-----
Jussi Markkanen 220000-----
Jean-Francois Jacques 3700033-----

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Edmonton. Stats reflect time with the Oilers only.
Denotes player traded mid-season

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Dwayne Roloson 68 3932 27 34 6 180 4 .909 2.75 - - - - - - - -
Jussi Markkanen 22 992 5 9 1 52 0 .886 3.14 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

  • 2:01: New Oilers record for fastest hat trick by Ryan Smyth on October 12, 2006.

MilestonesEdit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Fernando Pisani 100th NHL PIM October 5, 2006
Ladislav Smid
Patrick Thoresen
1st NHL Game
Ales Hemsky 100th NHL PIM October 12, 2006
Ladislav Smid 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Ryan Smyth 500th NHL Point
Patrick Thoresen 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Dwayne Roloson 100th NHL Win October 14, 2006
Daniel Tjarnqvist 100th NHL PIM October 17, 2006
Patrick Thoresen 1st NHL Assist October 21, 2006
Raffi Torres 200th NHL Game
Alexei Mikhnov 1st NHL Game October 23, 2006
Fernando Pisani 200th NHL Game October 25, 2006
Jarret Stoll 100th NHL Point October 28, 2006
Jan Hejda 1st NHL Game November 3, 2006
Dwayne Roloson 300th NHL Game
Jason Smith 800th NHL Game November 7, 2006
Brad Winchester 1st NHL Goal
Steve Staios 900th NHL PIM November 8, 2006
Jan Hejda 1st NHL Assist November 10, 2006
Petr Sykora 300th NHL PIM November 12, 2006
Petr Sykora 700th NHL Game November 13, 2006
Toby Petersen 200th NHL Game November 16, 2006
Joffrey Lupul 100th NHL Game November 30, 2006
Petr Sykora 300th NHL Assist
Daniel Tjarnqvist 300th NHL Game December 2, 2006
Dwayne Roloson 20th NHL Shutout December 4, 2006
Matt Greene 1st NHL Goal December 14, 2006
Ales Hemsky 300th NHL Game December 15, 2006
Shawn Horcoff 200th NHL Point December 21, 2006
Raffi Torres 100th NHL Point
Joffrey Lupul 100th NHL PIM December 28, 2006
Jan Hejda 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
January 8, 2007
Tom Gilbert 1st NHL Game January 10, 2007
Matt Greene 100th NHL PIM
Mathieu Roy 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Jason Smith 900th NHL PIM
Joffrey Lupul 200th NHL Game January 12, 2007
Petr Nedved 700th NHL PIM January 13, 2007
Ryan Smyth 600th NHL PIM January 16, 2007
Jarret Stoll 200th NHL Game
Dwayne Roloson 50th NHL PIM January 18, 2007
Zack Stortini 1st NHL Game January 20, 2007
Marty Reasoner 200th NHL PIM January 26, 2007
Fernando Pisani 100th NHL Point January 31, 2007
Shawn Horcoff 400th NHL Game February 6, 2007
Marc-Andre Bergeron 100th NHL PIM February 15, 2007
Zack Stortini 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
February 20, 2007
Tom Gilbert 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Ladislav Smid 1st NHL Goal February 22, 2007
Raffi Torres 200th NHL PIM March 1, 2007
Bryan Young 1st NHL Game March 9, 2007
Brad Winchester 100th NHL PIM March 12, 2007
Kyle Brodziak 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
March 17, 2007
Sebastien Bisaillon 1st NHL Game March 19, 2007
Tom Gilbert 1st NHL Assist March 23, 2007
Matt Greene 100th NHL Game March 27, 2007
Dwyane Roloson 10th NHL Assist
Rob Schremp 1st NHL Game April 5, 2007
Zack Stortini 100th NHL PIM April 7, 2007
Danny Syvret 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 24, 2006 To Atlanta Thrashers
4th round pick in 2006 - Michael Forney
7th round pick in 2006 - Arturs Kulda
To Edmonton Oilers
3rd round pick in 2006 - Theo Peckham
July 3, 2006 To Anaheim Ducks
Chris Pronger
To Edmonton Oilers
Joffrey Lupul
Ladislav Smid
*1st round pick in 2007 - Nick Ross
1st round pick in 2008 - Jordan Eberle
**2nd round pick in 2008 - Travis Hamonic
July 10, 2006 To Buffalo Sabres
7th round pick in 2007 - Nick Eno
To Edmonton Oilers
Jan Hejda
February 18, 2007 To New York Islanders
Marc-Andre Bergeron
**3rd round pick in 2008 - Kirill Petrov
To Edmonton Oilers
Denis Grebeshkov
February 27, 2007 To New York Islanders
Ryan Smyth
To Edmonton Oilers
Robert Nilsson
Ryan O'Marra
1st round pick in 2007 - Alex Plante

* Later traded to the Phoenix Coyotes
** Later traded to the New York Islanders

Free agents acquiredEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
F Marty Reasoner Boston Bruins 2 years, $1.9 million
D Daniel Tjarnqvist Minnesota Wild 1 year, $1.625 million
F Petr Sykora New York Rangers 1 year, $2.9 million

Free agents lostEdit

Player New team Contract terms
D Jaroslav Spacek Buffalo Sabres 3 years, $10 million
F Georges Laraque Phoenix Coyotes 2 years, $2.4 million
G Ty Conklin Columbus Blue Jackets 2 years, $1.05 million
F Sergei Samsonov Montreal Canadiens 2 years, $7.05 million
D Dan Smith Detroit Red Wings 1 year
F Michael Peca Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $2.5 million
F Radek Dvorak St. Louis Blues 1 year, $1.0 million

From waiversEdit

Player From
F Petr Nedved Philadelphia Flyers

Players re-signedEdit

Player Contract terms
F Fernando Pisani 4 years, $10 million
G Dwayne Roloson 3 years, $11 million
F Shawn Horcoff 3 years, $10.8 million
F Jarret Stoll 2 years, $4.4 million
F Ales Hemsky 6 years, $24.6 million
F Toby Petersen 1 year, $0.45 million
D Mathieu Roy 1 years, $0.475 million
F Joffrey Lupul 3 years, $6.935 million

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver. The Oilers did not draft a player until the 45th pick.

Round # Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team (league)
2 45 Jeff Petry (D) Flag of the United States United States Edmonton Oilers Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
3 75 Theo Peckham (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Atlanta Thrashers) Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
5 133 Bryan Pitton (G) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Florida Panthers) Brampton Battalion (OHL)
5 140 Cody Wild (D) Flag of the United States United States Edmonton Oilers Providence College (NCAA)
6 170 Alexander Bumagin (LW) Flag of Russia Russia Edmonton Oilers HC Lada Togliatti (RSL)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Edmonton deals Pronger to Anaheim, tsn.ca, July 3, 2006, accessed March 11, 2007.
  2. Oilers trade forward Smyth to Islanders, tsn.ca, February 28, 2007, accessed March 11, 2007
  3. Ryan Smyth: $100,000 Difference Led to Deal to Isles, yahoo.com, March 2, 2007, accessed March 11, 2007.
  4. Messier has No. 11 sweater retired by Oilers, ctv.ca, February 27, 2007, accessed March 11, 2007.
  5. Ciampa, Marc, Oilers beat Panthers to reach franchise's 1,000th victory, CBSSportsline.com, January 3, 2007, accessed June 2, 2007.
  6. Oilers snap 12-game winless streak, globesports.com, accessed March 28, 2007
  7. Jones, Terry, The losing streak ends at nine!, edmontonsun.com, March 19, 2007, accessed March 28, 2007.
  8. Katz bids to buy Oilers
  9. SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NHL Hockey stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from NHL Hockey columnists
  10. Staples, David, Cup finals one year, miss playoffs the next, Edmonton Journal, April 6, 2007
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers Roster

Goaltenders:

30 Markkanen • 35 Roloson 

Defensemen

2 Greene • 5 Smid • 21 Smith • 24 Staios • 25 Hejda • 29 Tjarnqvist • 36 Roy • 40 Syvret • 60 Bisaillon • 76 Young • 77 Gilbert 

Forwards

10 Horcoff • 12 Nilsson • 14 Torres • 15 Lupul • 16 Stoll • 18 Moreau • 19 Reasoner • 20 Petersen • 22 Jacques • 26 Winchester • 28 Thoresen • 33 Schremp • 34 Pisani • 46 Stortini • 78 Pouliot • 83 Hemsky • 93 Nedved 

General ManagerKevin Lowe •  CoachCraig MacTavish



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