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2005-06 Finish: 41-33-8, 9th East
General Manager: John Ferguson Jr. (3rd Season)
Head Coach: Paul Maurice (1st Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 257
2005-06 Goals Against: 270
2005-06 Power Play: 21.4% (2nd)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 80.0% (24th)
Points Leader: Mats Sundin (78)
Goals Leader: Mats Sundin (31)
Assists Leader: Tomas Kaberle (58)

Offseason Moves: Acquired a 2006 seventh-round pick from the Boston Bruins for right wing Petr Tenkrat; acquired goaltender Andrew Raycroft from the Boston Bruins for goaltender Tuukka Rask; signed defenceman Pavel Kubina, who had been with the Tampa Bay Lightning, to a four-year contract; signed defenceman Hal Gill, who had been with the Boston Bruins, to a three-year contract; signed centre Erik Westrum, who had been with the Minnesota Wild, to a two-year contract; signed centre Michael Peca, who had been with the Edmonton Oilers, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: After an impressive 2003-04 campaign that saw him win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, Andrew Raycroft endured a terrible 2005-2006 season. His 3.72 GAA and .879 save percentage dropped him to third on Boston's depth chart behind Tim Thomas and Hannu Toivonen, making some wonder if he was a flash in the pan. But Raycroft and Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. are confident that he can return to his Calder-winning form with a change of venue. And for an Ontario native who grew up idolizing the blue and white like Raycroft, there should be no better place to improve. The acquisition of Raycroft leaves Mikael Tellqvist and Jean-Sebastien Aubin battling for the backup role. Aubin went 9-0-2 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, while Tellqvist went 10-11-2 with a 3.13 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.

Defence: The Maple Leafs moved quickly to bolster their blueline, signing Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill to long-term contracts. Gill is an imposing six-foot-seven, 250-pounder, while Kubina checks in at six-foot-four and 244 pounds. With Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle also signed long-term, the Leafs appear to have some much-needed defensive depth for the next few years. Still, there will be another two spots open on the roster, with youngsters Carlo Colaiacovo and Staffan Kronwall the favourites to get full time duty.

Forwards: The Maple Leafs bid farewell to centres Eric Lindros and Jason Allison, and added free agent Michael Peca to the lineup. While Peca (a two-time Selke Trophy winner coming off a long playoff run with Edmonton) brings some much-needed defensive help, he may not have the consistent offensive punch down the middle to take the scoring pressure off Mats Sundin. It will be up to youngsters Kyle Wellwood and Matt Stajan to help out in that department. The Leafs are also in need of a go-to-guy on the wing. Jeff O'Neill will be looking to improve on an off-year in 2005-06, while there are also lofty expectations for sophomore winger Alexander Steen.

Welcome to the NHL: New head coach Paul Maurice knows his AHL talent well after a season with the Marlies. That being said, farmhand John Pohl - who signed a one-way contract over the summer - should be a welcome addition to Maurice's lineup. Though the 27-year-old does not qualify as a rookie, he should have more than enough maturity and hockey sense to get ample ice time. He scored 75 points in 60 AHL games last season and tallied four points in seven games with the Maple Leafs.
 
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