|2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL|
|2011–12 record||35–36–10 (80 pts.)|
|General Manager||Brian Burke|
|Coach|| Ron Wilson (Oct–Mar) |
Randy Carlyle (Mar-Apr)
|Alternate captains|| Colby Armstrong|
Phil Kessel (Oct–Feb)
|Arena||Air Canada Centre|
|Average attendance||19,484 (103.53%)|
|Goals||Phil Kessel (37)|
|Assists||Phil Kessel (45)|
|Points||Phil Kessel (82)|
|Penalties in minutes||Dion Phaneuf (90)|
|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. The team failed to make the playoffs for the 7th straight season.
At the 2011 NHL Draft, Brian Burke fulfilled his pledge to trade up in the First Round, trading the 30th (Rickard Rakell) and 39th (John Gibson) Picks to Anaheim in exchange for the 22nd Pick, which was used to select Tyler Biggs. The Leafs also selected Stuart Percy with 25th Pick.
The Leafs made two key Free Agent additions, adding centers Tim Connolly from Buffalo and Philippe Dupuis from Colorado. 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 go included Danny Richmond (Washington), Christian Hanson, (Washington) and Fabian Brunnstrom (Detroit).
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.
They went 4–4 in preseason.
The 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 Montreal's 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 shorthanded they had been less efficient with a 73.0% kill rate, the worst in the NHL.
With the Leafs falling out of the playoff race and in the midst of losing 10 of their last 11 games, including a 6 game losing streak, head coach Ron Wilson was fired and replaced by Randy Carlyle on March 2, 2012.
The Maple Leafs attempted to finally qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2003–04 NHL season. The Hockey News predicted that the Leafs will place tenth and miss the playoffs. The Maple Leafs have since been eliminated from playoff contention.
|Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast; ROW: Total of games won in regulation or overtime, not shootout.|
* – Division leader, y – Clinched division, z Clinched conference (and division)
Schedule and resultsEdit
|2011 Pre-season game log: 4–4–0 (Home: 1–3–0 ; Road: 3–1–0)|
|1||September 19||Ottawa Senators||2–4||Toronto Maple Leafs||Jonas Gustavsson||1–0–0|
|2||September 20||Philadelphia Flyers||4–0||Toronto Maple Leafs||James Reimer (ice hockey)||1–1–0|
|3||September 21||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–2||Philadelphia Flyers||Jonas Gustavsson||2–1–0|
|4||September 23||Buffalo Sabres||2–1||Toronto Maple Leafs||James Reimer (ice hockey)||2–2–0|
|5||September 24||Toronto Maple Leafs||2–3||Buffalo Sabres||Jonas Gustavsson||2–3–0|
|6||September 27||Toronto Maple Leafs||5–3||Ottawa Senators||James Reimer (ice hockey)||3–3–0|
|7||September 30||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–3||Detroit Red Wings||OT||Jonas Gustavsson||4–3–0|
|8||October 1||Detroit Red Wings||4–2||Toronto Maple Leafs||James Reimer (ice hockey)||4–4–0|
|2011–12 Game Log: 35–37–10, 80 Points (Home: 18–16–7; Road: 17–21–3)|
October: 7–3–1, 15 Points (Home: 5–0–1; Road: 2–3–0)
November: 7–6–1, 15 Points (Home: 1–4–1; Road: 6–2–0)
December: 4–6–3, 11 Points (Home: 2–1–2; Road: 2–5–1)
January: 7–4–1, 15 Points (Home: 6–3–0; Road: 1–1–1)
February: 4–9–1, 9 Points (Home: 2–4–1; Road: 2–5–0)
March: 5–8–2, 12 Points (Home: 1–4–2; Road: 4–4–0)
April: 1–1–1, 3 Points (Home: 1–0–0; Road: 0–1–1)
|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)|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Maple Leafs. Stats reflect time with Maple Leafs only.
Awards and recordsEdit
Updated March 27, 2012.
The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.