2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 15th Eastern
2009–10 record 30–38–14
Home record 18–17–6
Road record 12–21–8
Goals for 214
Goals against 267
Team information
General Manager Brian Burke
Coach Ron Wilson
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Francois Beauchemin
Tomas Kaberle
Mike Komisarek
Dion Phaneuf (Mar–Apr)
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 19,260 (102.5%)
Team leaders
Goals Phil Kessel
Assists Tomas Kaberle
Points Phil Kessel
Penalties in minutes Colton Orr
Plus/minus Carl Gunnarsson
Wins Jonas Gustavsson
Goals against average Jean-Sébastien Giguère
<2008–09 2010–11>

The 2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs season is the franchise's 93rd, and their 83rd as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs have not qualified for the postseason since the 2003–04 season. The team began the regular season with its worst start in franchise history by recording no wins in the first eight games.

Team business[edit]

The team moved to a new practice facility, the MasterCard Centre from their former practice facility the Lakeshore Lions Arena. Built next door to the old arena, the new facility has four ice sheets, allowing the Maple Leafs and their farm team the Toronto Marlies to practice simultaneously on separate sheets.

Off-season[edit]

At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Maple Leafs chose centre Nazem Kadri with their first-round pick, seventh overall.

In free agency, the Maple Leafs signed two defencemen of note, Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens and Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks, signing both to multiple-year deals. At the same time, defenceman Pavel Kubina was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for fellow defenceman Garnet Exelby. The Leafs also signed free agents Colton Orr and Tim Brent.

After extensive talks, the Leafs were able to sign highly regarded Swedish free-agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who was considering offers from several NHL teams.

The Leafs dealt for Boston Bruins's talented forward, Phil Kessel, trading two first-round draft picks and a second-round draft pick. Kessel started the season on the injured list as he was recovering from an off season shoulder surgery.

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Leafs got off to a slow start to the NHL season, with a record of 0 – 7 – 1, the worst start for the Leafs since the NHL formed in 1917. Also, the Leafs surrendered the first goal to their opposition in each of their first 11 games, and 17 of their first 19 games.

The Leafs struggled on the power play during the regular season, finishing 30th in power-play percentage, at just 13.97% (44 for 315). They also struggled on the penalty kill, allowing the most power-play goals in the League, with 73, and having the lowest penalty-kill percentage, at 74.65%.[1]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northeast Division[2]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Buffalo Sabres 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
2 Ottawa Senators 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
3 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 38 14 214 263 74

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[3]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Game log[edit]

2009–10 Game Log
Hockey Hall of Fame Game
Schedule

Overtime Statistics[edit]

Games Won Lost Goal Scorers
Overtime 15 5 10 Kulemin (2), Kessel (1), Grabovski (1), Phaneuf (1)
Shootout 8 4 4
23 9 14

Record based on Toronto (or opposition) scoring first goal(s)[edit]

updated to game played April 10, 2010

Score (ONLY) Games Team
Record
Score (ONLY) Games Team
Record
Score
(AT LEAST)
Games Team
Record
Score
(AT LEAST)
Games Team
Record
1–0 14 5–4–5 0–1 20 7–7–6 1–0 30 18–6–6 0–1 52 12–32–8
2–0 6 5–1–0 0–2 17 5–11–1 2–0 16 13–2–1 0–2 32 5–25–2
3–0 7 5–1–1 0–3 10 0–9–1 3–0 10 8–1–1 0–3 15 0–14–1
4-0+ 3 3–0–0 0-4+ 5 0–5–0 4–0 3 3–0–0 0–4 5 0–5–0
Total 30 18–6–6 52 12–32–8
  • Toronto's score listed first

Playoffs[edit]

The Toronto Maple Leafs were trying to achieve their first qualification since the 2003–04 NHL season, however they were mathematically eliminated after their 77th game. They were the first team eliminated in the Eastern Conference. Currently, only the Florida Panthers have failed to qualify for the playoffs for more consecutive years.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]