|2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL|
|General Manager||Dave Nonis|
|Coach|| Randy Carlyle (Oct-Jan) |
Peter Horachek (Jan-Apr) (interim)
|Alternate captains|| Joffrey Lupul|
|Arena||Air Canada Centre|
|Average attendance|| 19,076 (94.1%)|
|Goals||James van Riemsdyk (27)|
|Assists||Phil Kessel (36)|
|Points||Phil Kessel (61)|
|Penalties in minutes||Dion Phaneuf (108)|
|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. This was the second year of the new alignment and schedule format. Toronto again played every team in their own division at least four times, every team in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference three times, and every team from the Western Conference twice. To complete the 82-game schedule, they played both Ottawa and Detroit five times.
Despite remaining in the playoff hunt for the first half of the season, the Leafs finished the season with only 68 points, tied for the fewest earned since the NHL began playing 82 games per season in the 1996–97 season. 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, as general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek were terminated from their positions. Also terminated were coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and 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. Later in the day, strength and conditioning coach Anthony Belza was fired.
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.
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 general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Many players were signed, lost and traded during free agency. See Transactions for a list of lost and acquired players.
Record vs opponentsEdit
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|Atlantic Division||Metropolitan Division||Central Division||Pacific Division|
|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|
|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)
|Carter Ashton||Violating the terms of the NHL/NHL Players' Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program.||20 games||$169,185.00||November 6, 2014|
|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|
|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|
Schedule and resultsEdit
|2014 Pre-Season Game Log: 5–2–1 (Home: 3–0–1 ; Road: 2–2–0)|
|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)
|Games||Won||Lost||Game Winning Goal Scorers|
|Overtime||6||3||3||Kessel (1), van Riemsdyk (1), Brewer (1)|
†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.
The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season.