After being eliminated by the Boston Bruins in seven games, the Toronto Maple Leafs will now turn their attention to off-season plans. Each summer the major work that needs to be done is signing pending free agents. One such player who falls into that category at the moment as an RFA is Leo Komarov.
Komarov probably wouldn’t be a large expense to re-sign, but the gritty winger may already have another fallback option. Komarov spoke to a Russian news agency and admitted to having discussions with Moscow Dynamo. He spent three seasons with the club before making his way to North America late last year to play with the Toronto Marlies. When it appeared the lockout was going to drag on, he returned to the KHL after just 14 games with the Marlies.
Once the labour dispute was settled, Komarov joined the Leafs and had a fairly impressive inaugural NHL season. He contributed four goals and nine points, but his biggest asset was his rugged play, as Komarov finished fifth in the league in hits. If the Leafs can bring him back at a similar salary, it would probably be a wise move since Komarov proved to have an impact on the third line in a checking role.
The good news is that he left Moscow Dynamo last year to come to the Leafs organization, so that’s probably where he wants to be if the financial terms can be agreed upon.