2006–07 NHL season

2006–07 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 4, 2006 – June 6, 2007
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
Top draft pick Erik Johnson
Picked by St. Louis Blues
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Buffalo Sabres
Season MVP Sidney Crosby ( Penguins)
Top scorer Sidney Crosby (Penguins)
Eastern champions Ottawa Senators
  Eastern runners-up Buffalo Sabres
Western champions Anaheim Ducks
  Western runners-up Detroit Red Wings
Playoffs MVP Scott Niedermayer ( Ducks)
Stanley Cup
Champions Anaheim Ducks
  Runners-up Ottawa Senators
NHL seasons
←  2005–06
2007–08 →

The 2006–07 NHL season was the 90th season of operation (89th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs began on April 11, 2007, and concluded on June 6, with the Anaheim Ducks defeating the Ottawa Senators to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the first team from California to do so.

League business

National Hockey League announced that the regular season salary cap rise after the initial season. The 2006–07 salary cap was increased by $5,000,000 (US) per team to bring the salary cap up to $44,000,000 (US). While the 2006–07 salary floor was increased by $8,000,000 (US) per team to $28,000,000 (US). This is the only year where the NHL salary floor raised faster than the NHL salary cap.

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim officially shortened their name to the Anaheim Ducks prior to the season, introducing a new logo and color scheme. This reflected a clean break from their original owners, The Walt Disney Company, who originally named the team after the movie, The Mighty Ducks. [1]