2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 7th Atlantic
Conference 15th Eastern
2014–15 record 30–44–8
Home record 22–17–2
Road record 8–27–6
Goals for 211
Goals against 262
Team information
General Manager Dave Nonis
Coach Randy Carlyle (Oct-Jan)
Peter Horachek (Jan-Apr) (interim)
Captain Dion Phaneuf
Alternate captains Joffrey Lupul
Stephane Robidas[a]
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 19,076 (94.1%)[1]
(36 games)
Team leaders
Goals James van Riemsdyk (27)
Assists Phil Kessel (36)
Points Phil Kessel (61)
Penalties in minutes Dion Phaneuf (108)
Plus/minus Daniel Winnik (+14)
Wins Jonathan Bernier (21)
Goals against average Jonathan Bernier (2.87)

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. They again played every team in their own division at least four times each, teams in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference three times each, and every team from the Western Conference twice. To complete the 82-game schedule, they played both Ottawa and Detroit five times.

On March 23, 2015, a 13-year long sellout streak ended. Only 18,336 fans showed up for the evening match vs. the Minnesota Wild.[3] Ticket prices for the game were slashed previously in the day.

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 — General Manager Dave Nonis and Interim Head Coach Peter Horachek were relieved of their duties. Also let go were coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, 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 Mike Babcock will be the new coach, signing him to an 8-year, $50 million contract.[8]

Off-season[edit]

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 GM 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.


Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

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 standings[edit]

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 opponents[edit]

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/fines[edit]

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 results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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 statistics[edit]

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 statistics[edit]

Final stats[14]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Bernier, JonathanJonathan Bernier 58 55 3177 21 28 7 152 2.87 1735 .912 2 0 1 0
Reimer, JamesJames 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.

Roster[edit]

Final

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
37 United States Bailey, CaseyCasey Bailey C R 23 2015 Anchorage, Alaska
20 United States Booth, DavidDavid Booth LW L 30 2014 Detroit, Michigan
42 Canada Bozak, TylerTyler Bozak C R 29 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
2 Canada Brewer, EricEric Brewer D L 35 2015 Vernon, British Columbia
53 Canada Carrick, SamSam Carrick C R 23 2010 Markham, Ontario
33 Sweden Erixon, TimTim Erixon D L 24 2015 Port Chester, New York
51 United States Gardiner, JakeJake Gardiner D L 24 2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota
24 Canada Holland, PeterPeter Holland C L 24 2013 Toronto, Ontario
Canada Horton, NathanNathan Horton RW R 29 2015 Welland, Ontario
43 Canada Kadri, NazemNazem Kadri C L 24 2009 London, Ontario
81 United States Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel RW R 27 2009 Madison, Wisconsin
47 Finland Komarov, LeoLeo Komarov C L 28 2014 Narva, Soviet Union
67 Canada Kozun, BrandonBrandon Kozun RW R 25 2014 Los Angeles, California
15 Sweden Lindstrom, JoakimJoakim Lindstrom RW L 31 2015 Skellefteå, Sweden
19 Canada Lupul, JoffreyJoffrey Lupul (A) LW R 31 2011 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
18 Slovakia Panik, RichardRichard Panik RW L 24 2014 Martin, Czechoslovakia
3 Canada Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf (C) D L 30 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
46 Czech Republic Polak, RomanRoman Polak D R 28 2014 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
34 Canada Reimer, JamesJames Reimer G L 27 2006 Morweena, Manitoba
44 Canada Rielly, MorganMorgan Rielly D L 21 2012 West Vancouver, British Columbia
12 Canada Robidas, StephaneStephane Robidas (A) D R 38 2014 Sherbrooke, Quebec
22 Canada Sill, ZachZach Sill C L 26 2015 Truro, Nova Scotia
23 Canada Smith, TrevorTrevor Smith C L 30 2013 Ottawa, Ontario
21 United States van Riemsdyk, JamesJames van Riemsdyk LW L 25 2012 Middletown Township, New Jersey

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]


Transactions[edit]

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