1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 6th Central
Conference 11th Western
1996–97 record 30-44-8
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Mike Murphy
Captain Doug Gilmour (Oct-Feb)
Vacant (Feb-Apr)
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens

The Maple Leafs entered the 1996–97 NHL season with the hopes of making the post-season for the fifth consecutive year. Mike Murphy was hired prior to the season as the head coach replacing interim coach Nick Beverley. The team played mediocre for most of the season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1992. This season, would be Cliff Fletcher’s last as General Manager of the Maple Leafs. In one of his final moves, Fletcher (in February) traded Captain Doug Gilmour to the New Jersey Devils.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round # Name Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 36 Marek Posmyk  Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava
2 50 Francis Larivee  Canada Laval Titan
3 66 Mike Lankshear  Canada Guelph Storm
3 68 Konstantin Kalmikhov  Ukraine Detroit Falcons
4 86 Jason Sessa  United States Lake Superior State University
4 103 Vladimir Antipov  Russia Torpedo Yaroslavl
5 110 Peter Cava  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
5 111 Brandon Sugden  Canada London Knights
8 204 Tomas Kaberle  Czech Republic HC Kladno

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Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Dallas Stars 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
2 3 Detroit Red Wings 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
3 5 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
4 6 St. Louis Blues 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
5 8 Chicago Blackhawks 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
6 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 230 273 68

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 49 24 9 277 205 107
2 Dallas Stars CEN 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
3 Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 36 33 13 245 233 85
5 Phoenix Coyotes CEN 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
6 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
7 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 36 37 9 252 247 81
8 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
9 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 35 40 7 257 273 77
10 Calgary Flames PAC 82 32 41 9 214 239 73
11 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 30 44 8 230 273 68
12 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 28 43 11 214 268 67
13 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 27 47 8 211 278 62

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
5 L October 17, 1996 1–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 1–4–0
6 L October 19, 1996 0–2 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 1–5–0
7 W October 22, 1996 4–3 San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 2–5–0
8 W October 24, 1996 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 3–5–0
9 W October 26, 1996 5–2 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 4–5–0
10 L October 29, 1996 2–5 Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 4–6–0
11 W October 31, 1996 5–3 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 5–6–0
12 W November 2, 1996 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 6–6–0
13 W November 5, 1996 6–3 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 7–6–0
14 L November 7, 1996 2–6 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 7–7–0
15 W November 9, 1996 7–3 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 8–7–0
16 L November 10, 1996 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 8–8–0
17 L November 13, 1996 2–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 8–9–0
18 L November 14, 1996 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 8–10–0
19 L November 16, 1996 2–3 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 8–11–0
20 W November 19, 1996 4–3 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 9–11–0
21 L November 21, 1996 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 9–12–0
22 L November 23, 1996 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 9–13–0
23 W November 26, 1996 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 10–13–0
24 L November 27, 1996 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 10–14–0
25 L November 30, 1996 2–5 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 10–15–0
26 W December 3, 1996 2–0 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 11–15–0
27 L December 6, 1996 5–6 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 11–16–0
28 L December 7, 1996 0–4 New York Rangers (1996–97) 11–17–0
29 W December 9, 1996 3–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 12–17–0
30 L December 10, 1996 2–5 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 12–18–0
31 L December 14, 1996 3–5 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 12–19–0
32 L December 15, 1996 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 12–20–0
33 W December 17, 1996 6–3 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 13–20–0
34 L December 20, 1996 2–5 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 13–21–0
35 W December 21, 1996 6–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 14–21–0
36 L December 23, 1996 5–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 14–22–0
37 W December 27, 1996 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 15–22–0
38 W December 28, 1996 5–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 16–22–0
39 W December 30, 1996 2–0 New York Islanders (1996–97) 17–22–0
40 L January 3, 1997 3–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 17–23–0
41 L January 4, 1997 3–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 17–24–0
42 L January 7, 1997 3–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 17–25–0
43 L January 11, 1997 2–3 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 17–26–0
44 L January 13, 1997 3–6 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 17–27–0
45 L January 15, 1997 2–3 Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 17–28–0
46 L January 20, 1997 1–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 17–29–0
47 W January 22, 1997 5–3 Calgary Flames (1996–97) 18–29–0
48 W January 24, 1997 2–1 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 19–29–0
49 L January 25, 1997 1–5 Dallas Stars (1996–97) 19–30–0
50 L January 27, 1997 2–5 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 19–31–0
51 L January 29, 1997 0–4 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 19–32–0
52 T January 31, 1997 3–3 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 19–32–1
53 L February 1, 1997 1–2 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 19–33–1
54 W February 5, 1997 4–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 20–33–1
55 W February 8, 1997 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 21–33–1
56 L February 12, 1997 2–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 21–34–1
57 T February 13, 1997 4–4 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 21–34–2
58 L February 15, 1997 0–3 @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 21–35–2
59 W February 18, 1997 6–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 22–35–2
60 L February 19, 1997 5–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 22–36–2
61 W February 22, 1997 5–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 23–36–2
62 L February 26, 1997 1–3 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 23–37–2
63 W March 1, 1997 3–2 San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 24–37–2
64 W March 3, 1997 4–2 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 25–37–2
65 T March 5, 1997 4–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 25–37–3
66 T March 8, 1997 1–1 OT Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 25–37–4
67 T March 10, 1997 3–3 OT Dallas Stars (1996–97) 25–37–5
68 L March 12, 1997 2–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 25–38–5
69 T March 15, 1997 3–3 OT @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 25–38–6
70 W March 16, 1997 3–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 26–38–6
71 L March 19, 1997 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 26–39–6
72 L March 20, 1997 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 26–40–6
73 L March 22, 1997 0–3 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 26–41–6
74 W March 26, 1997 2–1 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 27–41–6
75 T March 27, 1997 1–1 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 27–41–7
76 W March 29, 1997 3–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 28–41–7
77 W April 2, 1997 3–1 Florida Panthers (1996–97) 29–41–7
78 T April 3, 1997 2–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 29–41–8
79 L April 5, 1997 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 29–42–8
80 L April 9, 1997 2–3 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 29–43–8
81 L April 10, 1997 1–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 29–44–8
82 W April 12, 1997 4–1 Calgary Flames (1996–97) 30–44–8

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Mats Sundin 82 41 53 94 59
Doug Gilmour 61 15 45 60 46
Wendel Clark 65 30 19 49 75
Sergei Berezin 73 25 16 41 2
Kirk Muller 66 20 17 37 85
Todd Warriner 75 12 21 33 41
Ralph Intranuovo 3 0 1 1 0
Scott Pearson 1 0 0 0 2
Kelly Chase 2 0 0 0 27
Shayne Toporowski 3 0 0 0 7
Brian Wiseman 5 0 0 0 0
John Craighead 5 0 0 0 10
Mark Kolesar 7 0 0 0 0
0 0 0

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Defencemen[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Larry Murphy 69 7 32 39 20
Dave Ellett 56 4 10 14 34
Dmitri Yushkevich 74 4 10 14 56
Rob Zettler 48 2 12 14 51
D. J. Smith 8 0 1 1 7
Greg Smyth 2 0 0 0 0
Yannick Tremblay 5 0 0 0 0
Jeff Ware 13 0 0 0 6

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
Felix Potvin 74 4271 27 36 7 0 3.15
Marcel Cousineau 13 566 3 5 1 1 3.29
Don Beaupre 3 110 0 3 0 0 5.45

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1996-97 season.

Trades[edit]

October 10, 1996 To New York Islanders
5th round pick in 1998 (Jiri Dopita)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Darby Hendrickson
January 31, 1997 To Tampa Bay Lightning
3rd round pick in 1998 (Alex Henry)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Craig Wolanin
February 25, 1997 To New Jersey Devils
Doug Gilmour
Dave Ellett
3rd round pick in 1999 (Andre Lakos)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Jason Smith
Alyn McCauley
Steve Sullivan
March 18, 1997 To Detroit Red Wings
Larry Murphy
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Future Considerations
March 18, 1997 To Florida Panthers
Kirk Muller
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Jason Podollan
March 18, 1997 To Hartford Whalers
8th round pick in 1998 (Jaroslav Svoboda)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Kelly Chase
June 12, 1997 To Florida Panthers
Mike Lankshear
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Per Gustafsson

Waivers[edit]

September 30, 1996 From Edmonton Oilers
Ralph Intranuovo
October 25, 1996 To Edmonton Oilers
Ralph Intranuovo

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
John Craighead Detroit Vipers (IHL)
Scott Pearson Buffalo Sabres
Brian Wiseman Chicago Wolves (IHL)
Daniel Marois Dallas Stars
Greg Smyth Los Angeles Ice Dogs (IHL)
David Cooper Buffalo Sabres
Tom Pederson San Jose Sharks
Mike Johnson Undrafted Free Agent
Player New Team
Paul DiPietro Los Angeles Kings

Playoffs[edit]

  • The Maple Leafs failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1991–92 season.

Roster[edit]

1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Awards and records[edit]

Farm Teams[edit]

The Maple Leafs farm team was the St. John's Maple Leafs, based in St. John's, Newfoundland.

References[edit]