This tweet from Michael Traikos of the National Post came across the wire this morning:
Leo Komarov's agent is in T.O. for draft combine. Says client will play in NHL and looking for long-term deal. Leafs still No 1 choice.
— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) May 26, 2014
This is good news. Leo Komarov quickly became a fan favourite when he played 42 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006, in 2012-13.
The Leafs are in need of bottom-six depth, and Komarov can certainly provide that. He doesn’t score very often, but is fast, forechecks hard and drives opponents crazy. Now it just comes down to whether or not general manager Dave Nonis wants to bring him back at the price Komarov is looking for.
How about them Toronto Marlies? They improved their playoff record to a perfect 8-0 after beating the Texas Stars 5-1 in the opening game of the Western Conference Final on Friday. The two teams faceoff for Game 2 in Cedar Park, Texas tonight. Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun has more on an impressive group of youngsters who could be on the Leafs’ roster very soon.
Speaking of which, James Onusko of Bleacher Report looks at four players who could make the jump from the Marlies to the Leafs next season. I’d like to see Spencer Abbott given an opportunity as well.
When Dallas Eakins joined the Edmonton Oilers as head coach last offseason, the team inevitably added members of his old Toronto Marlies club. Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation takes a look at how those acquisitions turned out, and with goaltender Ben Scrivens as the exception, the verdict is: “Not well.”
Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove has a post on why the Leafs shouldn’t trade James Reimer, or at least, shoudn’t trade him for a non-first round draft pick. The first reason is the market for goalies is going to be a competitive one this summer, so the Leafs probably won’t get much in return, and the second reason is Jonathan Bernier is still very much an unproven commodity who just had sports hernia surgery.