- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014


LAST SEASON: 38-6-8, 84 points, finished 12th in the East and missed the playoffs.

COACH: Randy Carlyle, fifth season with the Leafs, 343-244-77.

ADDED: RW Matt Frattin, C Leo Komarov, D Roman Polak, D Stephane Robidas, C Mike Santorelli.

LOST: C Dave Bolland, D Tim Gleason, D Carl Gunnerson, C Jay McClement, RW Nikolai Kulemin, LW Mason Raymond.

PLAYER TO WATCH: David Clarkson. The right winger’s first season with his boyhood team was one he’d rather forget. Clarkson had with 11 points (five goals and six assists) in 60 games with a minus-14 rating after agreeing to a seven-year, $36.75 million deal with Toronto.

OUTLOOK: The hirings of Brendan Shanahan as team president, Kyle Dubas as the assistant general manager and the added emphasis of analytics seem to indicate a new day for the Leafs. But much of the team that lost 12 of their final 14 games last season has returned. Coupled with the fact that the Leafs are in a division with 2013-14 playoff teams in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Detroit, it’s hard to envision a scenario in which Toronto shows enough improvement to contend for a postseason berth in 2014-15.

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