|2007-08 Calgary Flames|
|General manager||Darryl Sutter|
|Alternate captains||Owen Nolan|
|Average attendance||19,289 (100%)|
|Goals||Jarome Iginla (50)|
|Assists||Jarome Iginla (48)|
|Points||Jarome Iginla (98)|
|Penalty minutes||Dion Phaneuf (182)|
|Plus/minus||Jarome Iginla (+27)|
|Wins||Miikka Kiprusoff (39)|
|Goals against average||Miikka Kiprusoff (2.69)|
In a surprise move, the Flames announced on June 14 that Jim Playfair would be replaced by "Iron" Mike Keenan as the team's head coach. Playfair remains with the Flames as an associate coach. Keenan entered the season sixth all-time in the NHL in wins.
The trend of spending too much money on defencemen begins, with Sutter overpaying for Cory Sarich in free agency and acquiring Adrian Aucoin (and his $4 million annual salary) in a trade. Owen Nolan, Anders Eriksson, and Mark Smith. are all brought in as GM Sutter's free-agent reclamation projects, but these aging veterans do little and nothing for the team. Sutter is unable to come to terms with Mark Giordano, and the highly rated prospect heads to the Dynamo Moscow in Russia instead of the NHL. Sports writer Steve MacFarlane observes that "The team looks like it has no direction -- and no confidence in an unpredictable coach".
In the playoffs, the team falls to the Sharks in seven games in the first round.
Al MacInnis was among four players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12, 2007. MacInnis spent 13 years in Calgary, and captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989.
On November 29, captain Jarome Iginla played in his 804th game, setting a new franchise record for games played in a Flames uniform, surpassing Al MacInnis' mark. Two nights later, Iginla registered his 700th career point in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. On March 10, Iginla scored his 365th goal, surpassing Theoren Fleury's mark of 364 to become the Flames' all-time goal scoring leader.
In December, the Flames became the third team in NHL history to win all six games of a six-game road trip, a feat previously accomplished by the 1971-72 Bruins and 1982-83 Flyers. The 2001-02 Red Wings also won six consecutive road games, though that trip was broken in half by the 2002 Winter Olympics.
On February 18, Flames' prospect Mickey Renaud, a fifth round pick in the 2007 draft, collapsed and died at the age of 19 at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario. Renaud had been playing for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, and was the team's captain. The cause of death was not immediately known.
|1||y - Minnesota Wild||82||44||28||10||223||218||98|
|1||p - Detroit Red Wings||CE||82||54||21||7||257||184||115|
|2||y - San Jose Sharks||PA||82||49||23||10||222||193||108|
|3||y - Minnesota Wild||NW||82||44||28||10||223||218||98|
|13||Columbus Blue Jackets||CE||82||34||36||12||193||218||80|
|14||St. Louis Blues||CE||82||33||36||13||205||237||79|
|15||Los Angeles Kings||PA||82||32||43||7||231||266||71|
Divisions: PA - Pacific, CE - Central, NW - Northwest
bold - qualified for playoffs, y - division winner, p - Presidents' Trophy winner
The Flames finished 7th in the Western Conference with 94 points, earning a first-round match-up against the Pacific Division champion San Jose Sharks. It was the third time the two teams had met in the playoffs, with the Sharks defeating the Flames in seven games in the first round of the 1995 playoffs, while the Flames defeated San Jose in six games in the 2004 Western Conference final.
After splitting the first two games in San Jose, the Flames gave up three goals to the Sharks in the first 3½ minutes of the game, but came back to win 4-3. In doing so, the Flames became only the second team in NHL history, after the 1985 Minnesota North Stars to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the first ten minutes of a playoff game. During Game 6, in which the Flames faced elimination, they scored once in the first and second period each to shut out the Sharks 2-0, as the Sharks did during Game 2. Nolan and Langkow scored both goals respectively and Kiprusoff made 21 saves for his 6th postseason shutout.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus
+Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
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
|Dion Phaneuf||100th NHL point||October 4, 2007|
|Daymond Langkow||200th NHL goal
500th NHL point
|October 18, 2007|
|Daymond Langkow||300th NHL assist||October 20, 2007|
|Curtis McElhinney||1st NHL game||October 22, 2007|
|Owen Nolan||1000th NHL game||October 22, 2007|
|Eric Nystrom||1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
|October 30, 2007|
|Matt Keetley||1st NHL game||November 5, 2007|
|Jarome Iginla||804th NHL game
|November 29, 2007|
|Tim Ramholt||1st NHL game||November 29, 2007|
|Jarome Iginla||700th NHL point||December 1, 2007|
|Mike Keenan||600th Coaching win||December 16, 2007|
|Stephane Yelle||800th NHL game||December 18, 2007|
|Owen Nolan||800th NHL point||February 24, 2008|
|Jarome Iginla||365th NHL goal
|March 10, 2008|
The Flames have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007-08 season.
|June 22, 2007
||To Calgary Flames
7th-round pick in 2007 - C. J. Severyn
|To Chicago Blackhawks |
|June 22, 2007
||To Calgary Flames
24th overall pick in 2007 - Mikael Backlund
3rd round pick in 2007 - John Negrin
|To St. Louis Blues |
18th overall pick in 2007 - Ian Cole
|February 20, 2008
||To Calgary Flames
|To Philadelphia Flyers |
3rd-round pick in 2009 - Adam Morrison
The Flames made five selections at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio. Calgary selected Swedish forward Mikael Backlund with their first selection, 24th overall. Heading into the draft, Backlund was the second highest ranked European prospect, and 10th overall, by International Scouting Services. Backlund joined third round selection John Negrin in making their NHL debuts with the Flames in the 2008-09 season. The Flames tragically lost their fifth round draft pick, Mickey Renaud, when the 19-year-old captain of the Windsor Spitfires collapsed and died in his home late in the 2007-08 OHL season. The Ontario Hockey League created a new trophy in his honour, the Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy in 2009.
|Rnd||Pick||Player||Nationality||Position||Team (league)||NHL statistics|
|1||24||Mikael Backlund+||Sweden||C||Västerås IK (SEL)||298||51||77||128||115|
|3||70||John Negrin||Canada||D||Kootenay Ice (WHL)||3||0||1||1||2|
|4||116||Keith Aulie+||Canada||D||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||167||4||10||14||196|
|5||143||Mickey Renaud||Canada||C||Windsor Spitfires (OHL)|
|7||186||C. J. Severyn||United States||LW||U.S. National Team Development Program (NAHL)|
After two seasons in Omaha, Nebraska, and over $4 million in operating losses, the Calgary Flames chose to relocate their American Hockey League affiliate to the Quad Cities. The new team, known as the Quad City Flames, will play in the West Division of the Western Conference.
Led by team scoring leader Chris Ferraro, the Las Vegas Wranglers reached the ECHL's Kelly Cup Finals in 2007-08 where they fell to the Cincinnati Cyclones four games to two. Head Coach Glen Gulutzan expressed the team's disappointment in losing the championship. "It's an empty feeling, and I certainly don't like to talk about it, but the only way around it for me now is to try to move forward and start looking at next year," said Gulutzan.
The playoff disappointment represented a bitter end to a successful season, as the Wranglers finished first in the Pacific Division for the second consecutive season. Their 47-13-5-7 record was the best in the National Conference, and their 106 points was good enough to finish third overall in the ECHL.