2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 13th Eastern
2011–12 record 35–37–10
Team information
General Manager Brian Burke
Coach Ron Wilson (Oct–Mar)
Randy Carlyle (Mar–Apr)
Captain Dion Phaneuf
Alternate captains Colby Armstrong
Mikhail Grabovski
Phil Kessel (Oct–Feb)
Mike Komisarek
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 19,484 (103.53%)
Team leaders
Goals Phil Kessel (37)
Assists Phil Kessel (45)
Points Phil Kessel (82)
Penalties in minutes Dion Phaneuf (90)
Plus/minus Joey Crabb (+3)
Wins Jonas Gustavsson (17)
Goals against average Jonas Gustavsson (2.92)

The 2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 95th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 22, 1917.[1] The team failed to make the playoffs for the 7th straight season.

Off-season[edit]

At the 2011 NHL 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).

On October 4, the Leafs traded their fourth round pick at the 2012 NHL Draft to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for centre Dave Steckel.

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.

Pre-season[edit]

The Maple Leafs went 4–4 in pre-season play.

Regular season[edit]

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 Candiens' 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.[2] The Leafs went 6–9–3 under Carlyle to end the season.

Playoffs[edit]

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.[3] The Maple Leafs were ultimately eliminated from playoff contention.

Standings[edit]

Northeast Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
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
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 −12 89
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 −33 80
5 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 −14 78
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.


Eastern Conference
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
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
9 NE Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 −12 89
10 SE Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 −46 84
11 SE Winnipeg Jets 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 −21 84
12 SE Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 −30 82
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
15 NE Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 −14 78
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division; z – Clinched conference.


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Game Log: 35–37–10, 80 Points (Home: 18–16–7; Road: 17–21–3)

Overtime statistics[edit]

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)
19 9 10

Player statistics[edit]

Final stats[4]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Gustavsson, JonasJonas Gustavsson 42 36 2301 17 17 4 112 2.92 1147 .902 4 0 1 4
Reimer, JamesJames Reimer 34 34 1879 14 14 4 97 3.10 974 .900 3 0 0 0
Scrivens, BenBen Scrivens 12 11 672 4 5 2 35 3.13 359 .903 0 0 0 4
Rynnas, JussiJussi Rynnas 2 1 99 0 1 0 7 4.24 40 .825 0 0 0 0

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

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Reached
Phil Kessel[5] NHL First Star of the Week October 17, 2011
Phil Kessel[6] NHL First Star of the Month October 2011
Joffrey Lupul[7] NHL Third Star of the Month November 2011
Dion Phaneuf[8] NHL All-Star Game 2012
Phil Kessel[9] NHL All-Star Game 2012
Joffrey Lupul[9] NHL All-Star Game 2012
Joffrey Lupul[10] NHL Second Star of the Week January 9, 2012
Mikhail Grabovski[11] NHL First Star of the Week January 30, 2012
James Reimer[12] NHL Third Star of the Week February 6, 2012

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
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

Final roster[edit]

Updated March 27, 2012.[13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
9 Canada Armstrong, ColbyColby Armstrong (A) RW R 34 2010 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
37 Canada Ashton, CarterCarter Ashton RW L 26 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba
42 Canada Bozak, TylerTyler Bozak C R 31 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
18 United States Brown, MikeMike Brown RW R 32 2010 Northbrook, Illinois
12 United States Connolly, TimTim Connolly C R 36 2011 Baldwinsville, New York
46 United States Crabb, JoeyJoey Crabb RW R 34 2010 Anchorage, Alaska
4 Canada Franson, CodyCody Franson D R 30 2011 Salmon Arm, British Columbia
39 Canada Frattin, MattMatt Frattin RW R 29 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
51 United States Gardiner, JakeJake Gardiner D L 27 2011 Minneapolis
84 Belarus Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski (AInjured Reserve C L 33 2008 Potsdam, East Germany
36 Sweden Gunnarsson, CarlCarl Gunnarsson Injured Reserve D L 30 2007 Örebro, Sweden
50 Sweden Gustavsson, JonasJonas Gustavsson G L 32 2009 Danderyd, Sweden
81 United States Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel RW R 29 2009 Madison, Wisconsin
8 United States Komisarek, MikeMike Komisarek (A) D R 35 2009 West Islip, New York
41 Russia Kulemin, NikolaiNikolai Kulemin LW L 31 2006 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
24 United States Liles, John-MichaelJohn-Michael Liles D L 36 2011 Indianapolis
15 Canada Lombardi, MatthewMatthew Lombardi C L 35 2011 Montreal
19 Canada Lupul, JoffreyJoffrey Lupul RW R 33 2011 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
16 Canada MacArthur, ClarkeClarke MacArthur LW L 32 2010 Lloydminster, Alberta
3 Canada Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf (C) D L 32 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
34 Canada Reimer, JamesJames Reimer G L 29 2006 Morweena, Manitoba
38 Canada Rosehill, JayJay Rosehill LW L 32 2009 Olds, Alberta
40 Finland Rynnas, JussiJussi Rynnas G L 30 2010 Pori, Finland
2 Canada Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn D R 27 2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
20 United States Steckel, DavidDavid Steckel C L 35 2011 West Bend, Wisconsin

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.