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2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 13th Eastern
2011–12 record 35–36–10 (80 pts.)
General Manager Brian Burke
Coach Ron Wilson (Oct–Mar)
Randy Carlyle (Mar-Apr)
Captain Dion Phaneuf
Alternate captains Colby Armstrong
Mikhail Grabovski
Phil Kessel (Oct–Feb)
Mike Komisarek
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 19,484 (103.53%)
Team leaders
Goals Phil Kessel (37)
Assists Phil Kessel (45)
Points Phil Kessel (82)
Penalties in minutes Dion Phaneuf (90)
Wins Jonas Gustavsson (17)
Goals against average Jonas Gustavsson (2.92)

The 2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 95th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 22, 1917.[1] The team failed to make the playoffs for the 7th straight season.

Off-SeasonEdit

At the 2011 NHL Draft, Brian Burke fulfilled his pledge to trade up in the First Round, trading the 30th (Rickard Rakell) and 39th (John Gibson) Picks to Anaheim in exchange for the 22nd Pick, which was used to select Tyler Biggs. The Leafs also selected Stuart Percy with 25th Pick.

The Leafs made two key Free Agent additions, adding centers Tim Connolly from Buffalo and Philippe Dupuis from Colorado. The Leafs also added to their blue line by trading Brett Lebda and prospect Robert Slaney to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Cody Franson and center Matthew Lombardi.

The Leafs suffered no major losses during the off-season, however Tim Brent, who had an impressive season with the Leafs was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes and veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche. Other Leafs to go included Danny Richmond (Washington), Christian Hanson, (Washington) and Fabian Brunnstrom (Detroit).

On October 4 the Leafs traded their 4th Round Pick at the 2012 Draft to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for center David Steckel.

Prior to the beginning of the regular season, the Leafs unveiled new Alternate Jerseys, similar to the ones they used when they last won the Stanley Cup in 1967.

Pre-SeasonEdit

They went 4–4 in preseason.

Regular seasonEdit

The Leafs got off to a fast start, winning their first three games and seven of their first ten, finishing October in first place in the Northeast Division, second in the Conference. Phil Kessel was the NHL's leading points scorer with 18, and leading goal scorer with 10. James Reimer was the starting goaltender for the first five games, but was injured in his next start when Montreal's Brian Gionta struck Reimer in the jaw while fighting for the puck. Early in the season the Leafs power play has dramatically improved, with a 21.6% conversion rate, good for third in the league as of December 17, 2011. However, when shorthanded they had been less efficient with a 73.0% kill rate, the worst in the NHL.

On February 9, 2012, the NHL announced that the Leafs would play the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium for the 2013 NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2013.

With the Leafs falling out of the playoff race and in the midst of losing 10 of their last 11 games, including a 6 game losing streak, head coach Ron Wilson was fired and replaced by Randy Carlyle on March 2, 2012.[2]

PlayoffsEdit

The Maple Leafs attempted to finally qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2003–04 NHL season. The Hockey News predicted that the Leafs will place tenth and miss the playoffs.[3] The Maple Leafs have since been eliminated from playoff contention.

StandingsEdit

Northeast Division[4]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
2 Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
5 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Eastern Conference[5]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers * AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins * NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers * SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast; ROW: Total of games won in regulation or overtime, not shootout.

* – Division leader, y – Clinched division, z Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2011–12 Game Log: 35–37–10, 80 Points (Home: 18–16–7; Road: 17–21–3)

Overtime StatisticsEdit

Games Won Lost Game Winning Goal Scorers
Overtime 10 5 5 Grabovski (1), Connolly (2), MacArthur (1), Phaneuf (1)
Shootout 9 4 5 Lupul (2), Kessel (1), Kadri (1)
19 9 10

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel 82 37 45 82 −10 20
Lupul, JoffreyJoffrey Lupul 66 25 42 67 1 48
Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski 74 23 28 51 0 51
Bozak, TylerTyler Bozak 73 18 29 47 −7 22
Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf 82 12 32 44 −10 92
MacArthur, ClarkeClarke MacArthur 73 20 23 43 3 37
Connolly, TimTim Connolly 70 13 23 36 −14 40
Gardiner, JakeJake Gardiner 75 7 23 30 −2 18
Kulemin, NikolaiNikolai Kulemin 70 7 21 28 2 6
Liles, John-MichaelJohn-Michael Liles 66 7 20 27 −14 20
Crabb, JoeyJoey Crabb 67 11 15 26 1 33
Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn 79 2 20 22 -6 62
Franson, CodyCody Franson 57 5 16 21 −1 22
Gunnarsson, CarlCarl Gunnarsson 76 4 15 19 −9 20
Lombardi, MatthewMatthew Lombardi 62 8 10 18 −19 10
Frattin, MattMatt Frattin 56 8 7 15 −4 25
Steckel, DavidDavid Steckel 76 8 5 13 −14 10
Kadri, NazemNazem Kadri 21 5 2 7 2 8
Komisarek, MikeMike Komisarek 45 1 4 5 −13 41
Colborne, JoeJoe Colborne 10 1 4 5 2 4
Brown, MikeMike Brown 50 2 2 4 −8 74
Armstrong, ColbyColby Armstrong 29 1 2 3 −8 9
Boyce, DarrylDarryl Boyce 17 1 1 2 −3 16
Aulie, KeithKeith Aulie 17 0 2 2 −2 16
Orr, ColtonColton Orr 5 1 0 1 1 5
Hamilton, RyanRyan Hamilton 2 0 1 1 -1 2
Dupuis, PhilippePhilippe Dupuis 30 0 0 0 −2 16
Rosehill, JayJay Rosehill 31 0 0 0 −4 60
Ashton, CarterCarter Ashton 15 0 0 0 −10 13

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Gustavsson, JonasJonas Gustavsson 42 2301 17 17 4 112 2.92 1147 .902 4 0 1 4
Reimer, JamesJames Reimer 34 1879 14 14 4 97 3.10 974 .900 3 0 0 0
Scrivens, BenBen Scrivens 12 672 4 5 2 35 3.13 359 .903 0 0 0 4
Rynnas, JussiJussi Rynnas 2 99 0 1 0 7 4.24 40 .825 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Maple Leafs. Stats reflect time with Maple Leafs only.
Traded mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Note:

Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular Season
Player Award Reached
Phil Kessel[6] NHL First Star of the Week October 17, 2011
Phil Kessel[7] NHL First Star of the Month October 2011
Joffrey Lupul[8] NHL Third Star of the Month November 2011
Dion Phaneuf[9] NHL All-Star Game 2012
Phil Kessel[10] NHL All-Star Game 2012
Joffrey Lupul[10] NHL All-Star Game 2012
Joffrey Lupul[11] NHL Second Star of the Week January 9, 2012
Mikhail Grabovski[12] NHL First Star of the Week January 30, 2012
James Reimer[13] NHL Third Star of the Week February 6, 2012

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Jake Gardiner 1st Career NHL Game October 6, 2011
Jake Gardiner 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 20, 2011
Matt Frattin 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 24, 2011
Mike Brown 200th Career NHL Game October 24, 2011
Clarke MacArthur 300th Career NHL Game November 3, 2011
Ben Scrivens 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Win
November 3, 2011
Philippe Dupuis 100th Career NHL Game November 10, 2011
Matt Frattin 1st Career NHL Goal November 19, 2011
Tim Connolly 400th Career NHL Point November 19, 2011
Joe Colborne 1st Career NHL Goal November 23, 2011
Phil Kessel 400th Career NHL Game December 3, 2011
Dion Phaneuf 500th Career NHL Game December 13, 2011
Joey Crabb 100th Career NHL Game December 22, 2011
Dion Phaneuf 200th Career NHL Assist December 23, 2011
Keith Aulie 1st Career NHL Assist January 3, 2012
Joffrey Lupul 300th Career NHL Point January 3, 2012
Mikhail Grabovski 100th Career NHL Assist January 13, 2012
Jake Gardiner 1st Career NHL Goal January 25, 2012
Joffrey Lupul 500th Career NHL Game February 1, 2012
Phil Kessel 300th Career NHL Point February 6, 2012
Dion Phaneuf 300th Career NHL Point February 6, 2012
Clarke MacArthur 100th Career NHL Assist February 18, 2012
Mikhail Grabovski 300th Career NHL Game February 23, 2012
Mike Komisarek 500th Career NHL Game February 28, 2012
Jonas Gustavsson 100th Career NHL Game March 3, 2012
Carter Ashton 1st Career NHL Game March 7, 2012
Nikolai Kulemin 300th Career NHL Game March 7, 2012
John-Michael Liles 300th Career NHL Point March 15, 2012
Luke Schenn 300th Career NHL Game March 17, 2012
Tyler Bozak 100th Career NHL Point March 20, 2012
Matthew Lombardi 500th Career NHL Game March 20, 2012
Ryan Hamilton 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
March 23, 2012
Jussi Rynnas 1st Career NHL Game March 27, 2012
Mikhail Grabovski 200th Career NHL Point March 29, 2012
Tim Connolly 300th Career NHL Assist April 3, 2012

Final rosterEdit

Updated March 27, 2012.[14]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
9 Flag of Canada.svg Armstrong, ColbyColby Armstrong

 (A)

RW R 34 2010 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
37 Flag of Canada.svg Ashton, CarterCarter Ashton

RW L 25 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba
42 Flag of Canada.svg Bozak, TylerTyler Bozak

C R 30 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
18 Flag of the United States Brown, MikeMike Brown

RW R 31 2010 Northbrook, Illinois
12 Flag of the United States Connolly, TimTim Connolly

C R 35 2011 Baldwinsville, New York
46 Flag of the United States Crabb, JoeyJoey Crabb

RW R 33 2010 Anchorage, Alaska
4 Flag of Canada.svg Franson, CodyCody Franson

D R 29 2011 Salmon Arm, British Columbia
39 Flag of Canada.svg Frattin, MattMatt Frattin

RW R 28 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
51 Flag of the United States Gardiner, JakeJake Gardiner

D L 26 2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota
84 Flag of Belarus Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski

 (AInjury icon

C L 32 2008 Potsdam, East Germany
36 Flag of Sweden Gunnarsson, CarlCarl Gunnarsson

 Injury icon

D L 30 2007 Örebro, Sweden
50 Flag of Sweden Gustavsson, JonasJonas Gustavsson

G L 32 2009 Danderyd, Sweden
81 Flag of the United States Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel

RW R 29 2009 Madison, Wisconsin
8 Flag of the United States Komisarek, MikeMike Komisarek

 (A)

D R 34 2009 West Islip, New York
41 Flag of Russia Kulemin, NikolaiNikolai Kulemin

LW L 30 2006 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
24 Flag of the United States Liles, John-MichaelJohn-Michael Liles

D L 36 2011 Indianapolis, Indiana
15 Flag of Canada.svg Lombardi, MatthewMatthew Lombardi

C L 34 2011 Montreal, Quebec
19 Flag of Canada.svg Lupul, JoffreyJoffrey Lupul

RW R 33 2011 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
16 Flag of Canada.svg MacArthur, ClarkeClarke MacArthur

LW L 31 2010 Lloydminster, Alberta
3 Flag of Canada.svg Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf

 (C)

D L 31 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
34 Flag of Canada.svg Reimer, JamesJames Reimer

G L 28 2006 Morweena, Manitoba
38 Flag of Canada.svg Rosehill, JayJay Rosehill

LW L 31 2009 Olds, Alberta
40 Flag of Finland Rynnas, JussiJussi Rynnas

G L 29 2010 Pori, Finland
2 Flag of Canada.svg Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn

D R 27 2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
20 Flag of the United States Steckel, DavidDavid Steckel

C L 34 2011 West Bend, Wisconsin

TransactionsEdit

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.

TradesEdit

Date
Details
June 24, 2011[15] To Colorado Avalanche
2nd-round pick in 2012
To Toronto Maple Leafs
John-Michael Liles
June 24, 2011[16] To Anaheim Ducks
1st-round pick (#30 overall) in 2011
2nd-round pick (#39 overall) in 2011
To Toronto Maple Leafs
1st-round pick (#22 overall) in 2011
June 24, 2011[17] To Anaheim Ducks
6th-round pick (#160 overall) in 2011
To Toronto Maple Leafs
6th-round pick in 2012
July 3, 2011[18] To Nashville Predators
Brett Lebda
Robert Slaney
Conditional 4th-round pick in 2013
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Lombardi
Cody Franson
Conditional 4th-round pick in 2013
October 4, 2011[19] To New Jersey Devils
4th-round pick in 2012
To Toronto Maple Leafs
David Steckel
January 3, 2012[20] To Anaheim Ducks
Luca Caputi
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Nicolas Deschamps
February 27, 2012 [21] To Tampa Bay Lightning
Keith Aulie
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Carter Ashton
February 27, 2012 [22] To Anaheim Ducks
Dale Mitchell
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mark Fraser

Free agents acquiredEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Tim Connolly[23] Buffalo Sabres 2 years, $9.5 million
Philippe Dupuis[24] Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $650,000
Spencer Abbott[25] University of Maine 1 year, $925,000 entry-level contract

Free agents lostEdit

Player New team Contract terms
Alex Foster[26] HC Sparta Praha 1 year
Tim Brent[27] Carolina Hurricanes 2 years, $1.5 million
Jean-Sebastien Giguere[28] Colorado Avalanche 2 years, $2.5 million
Danny Richmond[29] Washington Capitals 1 year, $525,000
Christian Hanson[30] Washington Capitals 1 year, $525,000
Fredrik Sjostrom[31] Farjestad undisclosed
Brett Lebda[32] Springfield Falcons Professional Try-Out

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Lost via waiversEdit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Darryl Boyce[33] Columbus Blue Jackets February 25, 2012

Lost via retirementEdit

Player

Player signingsEdit

Player Date Contract terms
Kenny Ryan[34] May 26, 2011 3 years, $2.07 million entry-level contract
James Reimer[35] June 9, 2011 3 years, $5.4 million
Carl Gunnarsson[36] June 14, 2011 2 years, $2.65 million
Luca Caputi[37] June 28, 2011 1 year, $525,000
Jay Rosehill[38] June 30, 2011 1 year, $600,000
Ben Scrivens[39] June 30, 2011 1 year, $600,000
Clarke MacArthur[40] July 5, 2011 2 years, $6.5 million
Tyler Bozak[41] July 6, 2011 2 years, $3 million
Matt Lashoff[24] July 7, 2011 1 year, $600,000
Mike Zigomanis[42] July 12, 2011 1 year, $650,000
Darryl Boyce[43] July 14, 2011 1 year, $700,000
Joey Crabb[44] July 19, 2011 1 year, $750,000
David Broll[45] July 29, 2011 3 years, $1.8675 million entry-level contract
Luke Schenn[46] September 16, 2011 5 years, $18 million
Stuart Percy[47] November 22, 2011 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract
John-Michael Liles[48] January 25, 2012 4 years, $15.5 million contract extension
Mikhail Grabovski[49] March 6, 2012 5 years, $27.5 million contract extension
Brad Ross[50] March 20, 2012 3 years, $2.12 million entry-level contract
Sam Carrick[51] March 31, 2012 3 years, $1.895 million entry-level contract
Petter Granberg[52] May 24, 2012 3 years, $2.4 million entry-level contract
Leo Komarov[53] May 29, 2012 1 year, $850,000 entry-level contract

Draft picksEdit

Toronto's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (League)
1 22 (from Anaheim) Tyler Biggs RW Flag of the United States United States USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USHL)
1 25 (from Philadelphia) Stuart Percy D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
3 86 (from Philadelphia) Josh Leivo LW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
4 100 Tom Nilsson D Flag of Sweden Sweden Mora IK (Swe-2)
5 130 Tony Cameranesi C Flag of the United States United States Wayzata High School (USHS-MN)
6 152 (from Edmonton) David Broll LW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
6 173 (from Anaheim) Dennis Robertson D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brown University (ECAC)
7 190 Garret Sparks G Flag of the United States United States Guelph Storm (OHL)
7 203 (from Anaheim) Max Everson D Flag of the United States United States Edina High School (USHS-MN)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books, 123. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  2. Carlyle Replaces Wilson As Leafs Head Coach
  3. NHL Season Preview: Northeast Division. The Hockey News (October 5, 2011). Retrieved on October 6, 2011.
  4. 2011–2012 Division Standings. National Hockey League. Retrieved on April 7, 2012.
  5. 2011–2012 Standings by Conference. National Hockey League. Retrieved on April 2, 2012.
  6. Kessel, Tavares, Lehtonen earn 'Three Stars' honors
  7. Kessel, Lehtonen, Khabibulin are October's stars
  8. Thomas, Toews, Lupul are November's Three Stars
  9. [1]
  10. 10.0 10.1 [2]
  11. [3]
  12. Grabovski, Rinne, Alfie named week's 'Three Stars'
  13. Gagner, Kovalchuk, Reimer named week's 'Three Stars'
  14. Toronto Maple Leafs - Team - Roster. Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved on 2012-03-27.
  15. Leafs Acquire Liles From Avalanche
  16. Leafs Make Two Selections In First Round
  17. Defensemen deals highlight draft weekend trades
  18. Leafs Acquire Lombardi And Franson From Predators
  19. Leafs Acquire Steckel From Devils
  20. Leafs Acquire Deschamps From Ducks
  21. Maple Leafs Obtain Ashton From Lightning
  22. Leafs Obtain Ashton & Fraser In Two Trades
  23. Leafs Sign Tim Connolly.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Leafs Sign Lashoff And Dupuis.
  25. Leafs Sign Spencer Abbott.
  26. American and Slovak Bližňák Foster will play for Sparta (Czech). HC Sparta Praha (2011-06-07). Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  27. Hurricanes Agree to Terms with Tim Brent.
  28. Avalanche Signs J.S. Giguere.
  29. Capitals Sign Defenseman Danny Richmond.
  30. Capitals Sign Center Christian Hanson
  31. Sjöström klar för Färjestad (Swedish). eurosport.se (2011-07-29). Retrieved on 2011-07-29.
  32. FALCONS SIGN LEBDA TO PTO CONTRACT
  33. Columbus Blue Jackets Claim C Darryl Boyce Off Waivers from Toronto Maple Leafs
  34. Leafs Sign Kenny Ryan To Entry-Level Contract
  35. Reimer Signs Contract With Leafs
  36. Leafs Sign Gunnarsson To Two-Year Deal
  37. Leafs resign Caputi
  38. Leafs Re-Sign Rosehill
  39. Leafs Sign Ben Scrivens
  40. Leafs Sign MacArthur
  41. Leafs Sign Tyler Bozak
  42. Leafs Sign Zigomanis To One Year Contract
  43. Darryl Boyce Signs With Maple Leafs
  44. Crabb Signs With Maple Leafs
  45. Maple Leafs Sign David Broll
  46. Maple Leafs Agree To Terms With Luke Schenn
  47. Leafs Sign Stuart Percy To Three-Year Deal
  48. Leafs Sign Liles To Four-Year Extension
  49. Grabovski Signs Contract Extension With Leafs
  50. Leafs Sign Brad Ross
  51. Leafs Sign Carrick To Entry Level Contract
  52. Leafs Sign Granberg To Three-Year Deal
  53. Leafs Sign Leo Komarov


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