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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: May 26, 2014

This tweet from Michael Traikos of the National Post came across the wire this morning:

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.

Tags: James Reimer Leo Komarov Spencer Abbott Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Marlies

  • A13276

    Bernier – “very much an unproven commodity” – you obviously don’t know high end talent when you see it! Cripes what does this guy have to do? Tell me – what makes you think this guy could implode – you don’t have a responsible answer to that question and “well because” doesn’t count! And get Reimer out of Toronto – he’s not an elite talent and not fundamentally sound – he sulked all season and then shit the bed when Bernier went down with an injury. His Leaf career should be over!

    • Tim Bayer

      Bernier had a great season, and I agree with you he looks like a very talented goaltender. But he’s only been a starter for one season, and he had to get sports hernia surgery, which is actually very serious and could easily affect him for a long time. Reimer is insurance, and NHL goaltenders have down years from time to time. He still has a .914 career save percentage and is only 26. Click on that MLHS link if you’d like to learn more.

      • A13276

        Reimer doesn’t provide insurance – that’s the problem!