2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season
The 2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 95th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 22, 1917. The team failed to make the playoffs for the 7th straight season.
|2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs|
|General Manager||Brian Burke|
|Coach||Ron Wilson (Oct–Mar) |
Randy Carlyle (Mar–Apr)
|Alternate captains||Colby Armstrong|
Phil Kessel (Oct–Feb)
|Arena||Air Canada Centre|
|Average attendance||19,484 (103.53%)|
|Goals||Phil Kessel (37)|
|Assists||Phil Kessel (45)|
|Points||Phil Kessel (82)|
|Penalty minutes||Dion Phaneuf (90)|
|Plus/minus||Joey Crabb (+3)|
|Wins||Jonas Gustavsson (17)|
|Goals against average||Jonas Gustavsson (2.92)|
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At the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, general manager Brian Burke fulfilled his pledge to trade up in the first round, trading the 30th (Rickard Rakell) and 39th (John Gibson) picks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the 22nd pick, which was used to select Tyler Biggs. The Leafs also selected Stuart Percy with the 25th pick.
The Leafs made two key free agent additions, adding centers Tim Connolly from the Buffalo Sabres and Philippe Dupuis from the Colorado Avalanche. 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 depart the team included Danny Richmond (to the Washington Capitals), Christian Hanson, (to Washington) and Fabian Brunnstrom (to the Detroit Red Wings).
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.
The Maple Leafs went 4–4 in pre-season play.
The Maple 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 the Montreal Canadiens' 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 short-handed, 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. It would later be postponed to 2014 due to the lockout.
With the Leafs falling out of the playoff race and in the midst of losing 10 of their last 11 games, including a six-game losing streak, head coach Ron Wilson was fired and replaced by Randy Carlyle on March 2, 2012. The Leafs went 6–9–3 under Carlyle to end the season.
The Maple Leafs attempted to finally qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2003–04 season. The Hockey News predicted that the Leafs will place tenth and miss the playoffs. The Maple Leafs were ultimately eliminated from playoff contention.
|1||y – Boston Bruins||82||49||29||4||40||269||202||+67||102|
|2||x – Ottawa Senators||82||41||31||10||35||249||240||+9||92|
|4||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||35||37||10||31||231||264||−33||80|
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
|1||AT||z – New York Rangers||82||51||24||7||47||226||187||+39||109|
|2||NE||y – Boston Bruins||82||49||29||4||40||269||202||+67||102|
|3||SE||y – Florida Panthers||82||38||26||18||32||203||227||−24||94|
|4||AT||x – Pittsburgh Penguins||82||51||25||6||42||282||221||+61||108|
|5||AT||x – Philadelphia Flyers||82||47||26||9||43||264||232||+32||103|
|6||AT||x – New Jersey Devils||82||48||28||6||36||228||209||+19||102|
|7||SE||x – Washington Capitals||82||42||32||8||38||222||230||−8||92|
|8||NE||x – Ottawa Senators||82||41||31||10||35||249||240||+9||92|
|10||SE||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||38||36||8||35||235||281||−46||84|
|13||NE||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||35||37||10||31||231||264||−33||80|
|14||AT||New York Islanders||82||34||37||11||27||203||255||−52||79|
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division; z – Clinched conference.
Schedule and resultsEdit
|2011 Pre-season game log: 4–4–0 (Home: 1–3–0 ; Road: 3–1–0)|
|1||September 19||Ottawa Senators||2–4||Toronto Maple Leafs||Jonas Gustavsson||1–0–0|
|2||September 20||Philadelphia Flyers||4–0||Toronto Maple Leafs||James Reimer (ice hockey)||1–1–0|
|3||September 21||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–2||Philadelphia Flyers||Jonas Gustavsson||2–1–0|
|4||September 23||Buffalo Sabres||2–1||Toronto Maple Leafs||James Reimer (ice hockey)||2–2–0|
|5||September 24||Toronto Maple Leafs||2–3||Buffalo Sabres||Jonas Gustavsson||2–3–0|
|6||September 27||Toronto Maple Leafs||5–3||Ottawa Senators||James Reimer (ice hockey)||3–3–0|
|7||September 30||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–3||Detroit Red Wings||OT||Jonas Gustavsson||4–3–0|
|8||October 1||Detroit Red Wings||4–2||Toronto Maple Leafs||James Reimer (ice hockey)||4–4–0|
|2011–12 Game Log: 35–37–10, 80 Points (Home: 18–16–7; Road: 17–21–3)|
October: 7–3–1, 15 Points (Home: 5–0–1; Road: 2–3–0)
November: 7–6–1, 15 Points (Home: 1–4–1; Road: 6–2–0)
December: 4–6–3, 11 Points (Home: 2–1–2; Road: 2–5–1)
January: 7–4–1, 15 Points (Home: 6–3–0; Road: 1–1–1)
February: 4–9–1, 9 Points (Home: 2–4–1; Road: 2–5–0)
March: 5–8–2, 12 Points (Home: 1–4–2; Road: 4–4–0)
April: 1–1–1, 3 Points (Home: 1–0–0; Road: 0–1–1)
|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)|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Maple Leafs. Stats reflect time with Maple Leafs only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.
Awards and recordsEdit
|Phil Kessel||NHL First Star of the Week||October 17, 2011|
|Phil Kessel||NHL First Star of the Month||October 2011|
|Joffrey Lupul||NHL Third Star of the Month||November 2011|
|Dion Phaneuf||NHL All-Star Game||2012|
|Phil Kessel||NHL All-Star Game||2012|
|Joffrey Lupul||NHL All-Star Game||2012|
|Joffrey Lupul||NHL Second Star of the Week||January 9, 2012|
|Mikhail Grabovski||NHL First Star of the Week||January 30, 2012|
|James Reimer||NHL Third Star of the Week||February 6, 2012|
|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|
Updated March 27, 2012.
The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.