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Agent: Leo Komarov Wants To Sign With The Toronto Maple Leafs


Everybody’s favourite Estonian-born Finnish forward with a Russian-sounding name reportedly wants to make his return to the National Hockey League, and his top choice is the team who drafted him and he played 42 games for two seasons ago.

From Michael Traikos of the National Post on Twitter:

I wrote a bit in today’s News & Notes about how signing Leo Komarov should be considered a no-brainer for general manager Dave Nonis and the Toronto Maple Leafs but I’ll expand on those thoughts here.

Here’s what the Leafs’ forwards situation looks like for next season, via CapGeek:

Leafs forwards contract situation

Those are lot of forwards who are heading to free agency this offseason. Add in Toronto Marlies forwards Peter Holland, Jerry D’Amigo, Kenny Ryan, Spencer Abbott, Brandon Kozun and Trevor Smith, and Nonis and his “capologist” Claude Loiselle are going to have their hands full trying to figure out who to keep and who to trade or let walk.

Basically, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond and Jay McClement all leave this offseason. The Leafs could fill some of those absences with the likes of Ashton, Holland, D’Amigo, and others, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring in a solid veteran who we already know can play bottom-six NHL minutes very effectively.

Enter Corporal Komarov. He’s 27 years old and has played professional hockey since he was 19. He was captain of Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League and has played in virtually every international competition with Finland in the last five years. He may only have 49 games (both regular-season and playoff) of NHL experience under his belt, but we know by now that he’s an effective hockey player.

Komarov will give the Leafs a fourth-line option who can play over 10 minutes a game and face mildly tough competition. He’s also a decent possession player who draws a lot of penalties and the Leafs even had 52 per cent of the five-on-five shot attempts (CF%) during the 190-plus minutes he was on the ice with Nazem Kadri, so there may be some chemistry there.

The Leafs could (and should) have a wildly different bottom-six forward group next season, and Komarov should be a part of it. Make it happen, Nonis.

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  • old hockey fan

    Komarov would make an ideal 3rd line piece for the Leafs, along with Peter Holland and D’Amigo. just for starters.

    • moosehse

      A good combination for a third line. That is if he does come back.

    • Tim Bayer

      Agree.

  • Jack Kirchhoff

    Love Komarov. Hits everyone, plays well with others. Smart guy, multi-lingual and has a sense of humour. Go get him.

  • D.WAdair

    If he can be sign with in reason it would be a no-brainer. If TO don;t, look for Mr. Burke to sign him.

    • moosehse

      I wouldn’t want to see Burke get him for sure and as the team stands now, I agree, it is a no-brainer.

  • Gary Slippoy

    It’s a no-brainer but whoever said Leaf management was overflowing with intelligent thoughts!

    • moosehse

      Gary,

      Leafs Management and intelligence is a bit of an oxymoron. They have made a few but far too few credible decisions in the past. We may have to wait until mid season for Shanahan to have made a proper assessment and make some moves, and you can only wish the guy good luck at this stage. I don’t think he is the type of guy to make rash decisions. It will be interesting times over the next few months.

      • Terry White

        Problem he going to have is related to his former Disciplinary role with the NHL. I’m sure he’s pissed of more then a few GM’s and Owners during his tenure. He’ll have to work for trades but I wish him good luck also.

        • moosehse

          Terry,

          Thanks for your reply. I’m sure you are right about pissing off more than a few GM’s, but at the end of the day, business is business and I should hope that the GM’s will keep a mature perspective when dealing with him.

        • Tim Bayer

          I don’t think any GM holds any ill will towards him. Shanahan had a job to do and he think he did it pretty well. NHL GMs should be mature enough to understand that. And Nonis is the GM, so he’d be the one they would interact with as far as trades are concerned.

          • Terry White

            Hopefully not, only time will tell maturity notwithstanding.

    • Tim Bayer

      This is a very valid point.

  • Terry White

    No way I would let Mason Raymond walk. That’s just plain nonsense. Did anyone but me watch this guy play last year. Vancouver let this guy slip through their fingers and have been sorry every since.

    • moosehse

      I like Raymond as well and wouldn’t like to see him go. However if needs must the management won’t hesitate with too many of the current roster – bar a few – to make a deal or for more cap space. It will be interesting to see what actually happens in a few months time.

    • Tim Bayer

      Raymond had a nice offensive season, but his defensive and neutral-zone play troubles me. If they can re-sign him for cheap, I wouldn’t mind him coming back, but I doubt that’ll happen. We’ll see.

  • moosehse

    If they can do it with the cap situation I think the team would benefit from his return.

  • Harv Harvey

    great for him too return to Leaf Nation