- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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KEY ADDITIONS C Tim Connolly, D Cody Franson, D John-Michael Liles
KEY LOSSES C Tim Brent, G Jean-Sébastien Giguère
AS A ROOKIE in 2010--11, James Reimer displayed the demeanor of an angel and the goals-against average of a Devil. He may not be in the class of Martin Brodeur, but Reimer sparkled with a .921 save percentage and a 20-10-5 record. Marvels Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf (below), "He doesn't seem to be fazed by anything."
Not even by Toronto's ugly special teams. The Leafs' wonky power play (22nd in the NHL last year) and penalty kill (28th) remain mysteries. The additions of point man John-Michael Liles, who has scored 54.2% of his career points on the power play, and skilled but brittle center Tim Connolly might help. As for the penalty kill, Wilson says he has "tweaks" in mind.
For a heritage franchise that has not been to the postseason since 2004, the clock is ticking—loudly. After teasing long-suffering fans with a late-season playoff flirtation last spring, Toronto needs something more tangible than a goalie's grin.
COACH Paul MacLean (1st season)
LAST SEASON 32-40-10 (13th in East)
KEY ADDITIONS G Alex Auld, LW Nikita Filatov, C Zenon Konopka