In last year’s lockout-shortened season, Leo Komarov came out of nowhere to become a fan favorite on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Draft, Komarov sure took his time getting to the NHL but when he got there, he sure took Leafs Nation by storm. His agitating game and toughness are qualities that fans in Toronto love and he was just the latest player to fill that role.
In 42 games with the Leafs last season, Komarov managed to score four goals and recorded five assists for nine points. He also only had 18 penalty minutes. He was exactly the type of player Leaf fans love.
However, after last season, Komarov accepted a deal from Dynamo Moscow of the KHL. The deal reportedly would pay Komarov twice the amount of money that the Leafs were offering. He would also get more playing time with Dynamo, enabling him a greater chance of making the Finnish Olympic team, which he did.
Now it has come out that Komarov wants to come back to the NHL, maybe in time for next season. His rights are still owned by the Leafs as he is currently a restricted free agent. That will change on July 1 when he becomes unrestricted.
“I want to get back… It’s a big goal for me for next season. [But] I’m going to see how it’s going to work out. Dynamo is playing pretty good right now so it’s like everything is good there too, but I really enjoyed it in Toronto. It was really good.”