Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
Purchase Flyers vs. Red Wings Tickets
Email Updates App Text/SMS Updates Twitter Facebook Red Wings TV RSS Feeds
 

Previewing the East: Toronto

Changes coming for the Maple Leafs, who are trying to build a winning culture

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
X
Share with your Friends


Previewing the East: Toronto
New Toronto president Brendan Shanahan has made it crystal clear that the team is looking to find \u201Ccompetitive people\u201D to add to the Leafs\u2019 roster. Problem is he ran up against competition from more appealing destinations in the off-season, and didn\u2019t land any of the big fish he had hoped to reel in.
DETROIT – Ready for some hockey?

Sure you are.

The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the Toronto Maple Leafs:

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Coach: Randy Carlyle

2013-14 INTANGIBLES
Last Year: 38-36-8, 84 points (12th in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Maple Leafs: 3-0-1
5-on-5 Goals: 153 (sixth in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency: 50-for-252, 19.8 percent (fourth in Eastern Conference)

POINT RANGE
2013-14 Stats Vs. Red Wings
Player POS AGE rank GM G A PT. GM G A PT.
Phil Kessel RW 26 6 82 37 43 80 4 0 2 2
James Van Riemsdyk LW 25 39 80 30 31 61 4 2 1 3
Nazem Kadri C 23 90 78 20 30 50 4 0 0 0
Tyler Bozak C 28 96 58 19 30 49 3 1 0 1
Mason Raymond LW 28 113 82 19 26 45 4 0 0 0
 
IN THE CREASE
2013-14 Stats
Goalie AGE Rank GM W L OTL GAA SV%
Jonathan Bernier 26 16 55 26 19 7 2.68 .923
vs. Red Wings
3 1 1 1 2.50 .928






2014-15 OUTLOOK

Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Oct. 17 (at TOR); Oct. 18 (at DET); Nov. 22 (at TOR); Dec. 10 (at DET); Dec. 13 (at TOR).

ARRIVALS:  Forwards David Booth, Mike Santorelli, Matt Frattin, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola; and defensemen Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas.

DEPARTURES:Forwards Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond and Jay McClement; defensemen T.J. Brennan, Carl Gunnarsson, Tim Gleason and Paul Ranger; and goalie Drew MacIntyre.

Robidas
PLAYER TO WATCH: Several NHL teams showed an interest in 37-year-old defenseman Stephane Robidas, including the Red Wings, but at the end of the day, the 13-year veteran chose the Maple Leafs. Last month, Robidas, who broke his leg twice last season, said he was about 95 percent recovered and should be ready by training camp. It’s expected that Robidas will be partnered with either Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner on the second D-pairing. He will give the Leafs a veteran presence on the blue line, plus he gives them another right-handed shooting D-man to go with Roman Polak and Cody Franson.

SEASON SCOPE: New Toronto president Brendan Shanahan has made it crystal clear that the team is looking to find “competitive people” to add to the Leafs’ roster. Problem is he ran up against competition from more appealing destinations in the off-season, and didn’t land any of the big fish he had hoped to reel in, namely, defenseman Josh Gorges (who went to Buffalo), center Jason Spezza (to Dallas) and UFA Dan Boyle (to the New York Rangers). All three snubbed the Leafs, winding up in different locales. The Leafs couldn’t even convince hometown boy Dave Bolland to stick around, and backup goalie James Reimer, who believes he’s still a contender for a No. 1 job, has asked to be traded, though that’s unlikely to happen.

Following their spring collapse when critics placed blame on coach randy Carlyle and the lack of leadership from captain Dion Phaneuf, Leafs management fired three assistant coaches in May. The organization hired former Florida head coach Peter Horachek and Marlies coach Steve Spott to assist Carlyle behind the bench. Spott was credited for making a positive impact with Toronto’s AHL club, and he has a working relationship with Leafs forwards David Clarkston and Nazem Kadri.

2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Buffalo (July 24) Carolina (Aug. 7)
Boston (sep. 11) Columbus (Aug. 21)
Florida (July 29) New Jersey (Aug. 14)
Montreal (Sep. 2) NY Islanders (July 31)
Ottawa (Aug. 12) NY Rangers (Aug. 28)
Tampa Bay (Sep. 4) Philadelphia (Aug. 26)
Toronto (Aug. 5) Pittsburgh (sep. 9)
Washington (Aug. 19)




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map