2006–07 NHL season

2006–07 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 4, 2006 – June 6, 2007
Number of games82
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pickErik Johnson
Picked bySt. Louis Blues
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyBuffalo Sabres
Season MVPSidney Crosby (Penguins)
Top scorerSidney Crosby (Penguins)
Playoffs
Eastern championsOttawa Senators
  Eastern runners-upBuffalo Sabres
Western championsAnaheim Ducks
  Western runners-upDetroit Red Wings
Playoffs MVPScott Niedermayer (Ducks)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsAnaheim Ducks
  Runners-upOttawa Senators
NHL seasons

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]