TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
2012-13: 26-17-5, 57 points
Where they finished: 3rd in the Northeast; 5th in the East; 9th in the NHL
Coach: Randy Carlyle [2nd season]
Key additions: RW David Clarkson, C Dave Bolland, G Jonathan Bernier, D Paul Ranger, D T.J. Brennan
Key subtractions: C Mikhail GRabovski, RW Matt Frattin, LW Clarke MacArthur, G Ben Scrivens, D Mike Komisarek
Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Nazim Kadri – David Clarkson
Joe Colborne – Dave Bolland – Nikolei Kulemin
Frazer McLaren – Jay McClement – Colton Orr
Dion Phaneuf – Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner – John-Michael Liles
Carl Gunnarsson – Paul Ranger
James Reimer – Jonathan Bernier
Our take: Can the Maple Leafs recover from the epic collapse in Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals last season, when they blew a three-goal lead in the third period and fell to the Boston Bruins in overtime?
General manager Dave Nonis went right to work addressing the Leafs’ needs by acquiring gritty, playoff-proven forwards David Clarkson and Dave Bolland and adding promising goaltender Jonathan Bernier to push James Reimer for the No. 1 job.
The result should be another step forward for the Leafs, who pushed the pace enough last season to finish fifth in the East.
Offseason Grade: A
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: Yes.