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2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 98th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 22, 1917.[2] This was the second year of the new alignment and schedule format. Toronto again played every team in their own division at least four times, every team in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference three times, and every team from the Western Conference twice. To complete the 82-game schedule, they played both Ottawa and Detroit five times.

2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division7th Atlantic
Conference15th Eastern
2014–15 record30–44–8
Home record22–17–2
Road record8–27–6
Goals for211
Goals against262
Team information
General ManagerDave Nonis
CoachRandy Carlyle (Oct-Jan)
Peter Horachek (Jan-Apr) (interim)
CaptainDion Phaneuf
Alternate captainsJoffrey Lupul
Stephane Robidas[a]
ArenaAir Canada Centre
Average attendance19,076 (94.1%)[1]
(36 games)
Team leaders
GoalsJames van Riemsdyk (27)
AssistsPhil Kessel (36)
PointsPhil Kessel (61)
Penalty minutesDion Phaneuf (108)
Plus/minusDaniel Winnik (+14)
WinsJonathan Bernier (21)
Goals against averageJonathan Bernier (2.87)

On March 23, 2015, a 13-year long sellout streak ended; only 18,336 fans showed up for the evening match against the Minnesota Wild.[3] Ticket prices for the game were reduced earlier in the day.

Despite remaining in the playoff hunt for the first half of the season, the Leafs finished the season with only 68 points, tied for the fewest earned since the NHL began playing 82 games per season in the 1996–97 season. The day after the regular season ended, April 12, 2015, Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan kept good on his promise of a scorched earth rebuild, as general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek were terminated from their positions. Also terminated were coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix; director of player development Jim Hughes and director of pro scouting Steve Kasper, as well as Rob Cowie and 18 other scouts.[4][5][6][7] Later in the day, strength and conditioning coach Anthony Belza was fired.

On May 20, 2015, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Mike Babcock would be the team's new head coach, signing him to an eight-year, $50 million contract.[8]

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Off-seasonEdit

On May 8, 2014, general manager Dave Nonis announced that Randy Carlyle had accepted a contract extension to continue as head coach through the 2016–17 season, however Carlyle's assistant coaches, Greg Cronin, Scott Gordon and Dave Farrish were all released by the team.[9]

On July 22, 2014, Brendan Shanahan let go former assistant general managers Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin and named Kyle Dubas as the new assistant general manager. At the time of the hire, Dubas was 28 years old. He was formerly the general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.[10]

Many players were signed, lost and traded during free agency. See Transactions for a list of lost and acquired players.


StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
4 x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
5 Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
6 Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
7 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standingsEdit

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – New York Rangers 82 53 22 7 49 252 192 +60 113
2 x – Washington Capitals 82 45 26 11 40 242 203 +39 101
3 x – New York Islanders 82 47 28 7 40 252 230 +22 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 AT x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
2 ME x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 43 27 12 39 221 210 +11 98
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
5 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 5 33 236 250 −14 89
6 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 18 30 215 234 −19 84
7 ME New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 14 27 181 216 −35 78
8 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 11 25 188 226 −38 71
9 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Record vs opponentsEdit

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division Central Division Pacific Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away Team Home Away Team Home Away
Boston 1–4 6–1 4–3* 1–2* Carolina 1–4 1–4 1–2 Chicago 3–2 0–4 Anaheim 6–2 0–4
Buffalo 4–0 4–3* 2–6 3–4 Columbus 5–2 4–1 0–5 Colorado 3–2* 3–4* Arizona 1–3 2–3
Detroit 1–4 4–1 4–1 0–1* 2–1* New Jersey 3–5 1–2* 1–4 Dallas 5–3 4–0 Calgary 4–1 3–6
Florida 2–3 1–4 4–6 3–2 N.Y. Islanders 3–4* 5–2 2–3 Minnesota 1–2 1–3 Edmonton 5–1 1–4
Montreal 3–4 3–4* 1–2* 0–4 N.Y. Rangers 5–4 4–5 6–3 Nashville 2–9 3–4 Los Angeles 4–3* 0–2
Ottawa 4–3* 3–2* 5–3 3–4 3–5 Philadelphia 4–7 3–2 0–1 St. Louis 1–6 0–3 San Jose 1–4 1–3
Tampa Bay 5–2 3–1 2–3 2–4 Pittsburgh 2–5 1–2 3–4* Winnipeg 4–3* 1–5 Vancouver 5–2 1–4
Washington 6–2 2–6 0–4
Records 9–5–1 4–8–3 4–7–1 3–7–2 4–3–0 1–5–1 5–2–0 0–7–0
Division 13–13–4 7–14–3 5–8–1 5–9–0
Conference 20–27–7 (Home: 13–12–2; Away: 7–15–5) 10–17–1 (Home: 9–5–0; Away: 1–12–1)
Overall 30–44–8 (Home: 22–17–2; Away: 8–27–6)

(* game decided in overtime or shoot-out)

Suspensions/finesEdit

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Carter Ashton Violating the terms of the NHL/NHL Players' Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program. 20 games $169,185.00 November 6, 2014[11]
Richard Panik Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 939 in Washington on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 10:57 of the second period. $2,000.00 March 5, 2015[12]
Nazem Kadri Illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Fraser during NHL game No. 1039 in Edmonton on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:58 of the third period. 4 games $141,463.40 March 18, 2015[13]

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2014–15 Game Log: 30–44–8, 68 points (Home: 22–17–2 ; Road: 8–27–6)

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Overtime statisticsEdit

Games Won Lost Game Winning Goal Scorers
Overtime 6 3 3 Kessel (1), van Riemsdyk (1), Brewer (1)
Shootout 10 5 5
16 8 8

Player statisticsEdit

Final stats[14]

SkatersEdit

GoaltendersEdit

Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Jonathan Bernier 58 55 3177 21 28 7 152 2.87 1735 .912 2 0 1 0
James Reimer 35 27 1767 9 16 1 93 3.16 1001 .907 0 0 0 2

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

RosterEdit

Final

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
37   Casey Bailey C R 23 2015 Anchorage, Alaska
20   David Booth LW L 30 2014 Detroit, Michigan
42   Tyler Bozak C R 29 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
2   Eric Brewer D L 35 2015 Vernon, British Columbia
53   Sam Carrick C R 23 2010 Markham, Ontario
33   Tim Erixon D L 24 2015 Port Chester, New York
51   Jake Gardiner D L 24 2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota
24   Peter Holland C L 24 2013 Toronto, Ontario
  Nathan Horton RW R 29 2015 Welland, Ontario
43   Nazem Kadri C L 24 2009 London, Ontario
81   Phil Kessel RW R 27 2009 Madison, Wisconsin
47   Leo Komarov C L 28 2014 Narva, Soviet Union
67   Brandon Kozun RW R 25 2014 Los Angeles, California
15   Joakim Lindstrom RW L 31 2015 Skellefteå, Sweden
19   Joffrey Lupul (A) LW R 31 2011 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
18   Richard Panik RW L 24 2014 Martin, Czechoslovakia
3   Dion Phaneuf (C) D L 30 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
46   Roman Polak D R 28 2014 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
34   James Reimer G L 27 2006 Morweena, Manitoba
44   Morgan Rielly D L 21 2012 West Vancouver, British Columbia
12   Stephane Robidas (A) D R 38 2014 Sherbrooke, Quebec
22   Zach Sill C L 26 2015 Truro, Nova Scotia
23   Trevor Smith C L 30 2013 Ottawa, Ontario
21   James van Riemsdyk LW L 25 2012 Middletown Township, New Jersey

Notable achievementsEdit

AwardsEdit

MilestonesEdit


TransactionsEdit

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season.