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Previewing the East: Toronto

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

Tuesday, 08.5.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Previewing the East: Toronto
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

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80