Michael Traikos of the National Post goes into greater detail on his earlier reports that Leo Komarov wants to return to the National Hockey League in this post. As a Group 2 restricted free agent, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have the first opportunity to sign him, but if he’s still unsigned by July 1 he hits unrestricted free agency and can sign with any team. Traikos says, “It is clear from talking to him [Komarov's agent, Mark Gandler] that Komarov wants to be paid somewhere close to the US$2-million he was receiving in Russia.” Will Dave Nonis be willing to pay him that?
Members of the Toronto Maple Leafs scouting, management and coaching staffs are meeting this week in Toronto with various draft-eligible prospects at the scouting combine. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star spoke to head scout Dave Morrison about their strategy, and naturally, he’s staying pretty quiet on that front.
Dave Bolland told Brady & Walker on Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Tuesday morning he wants to finish his career as a Toronto Maple Leaf. Brendan Shanahan has also said on record he wants Bolland to be a part of his hockey club. But, as is the case with all free-agent deals, the issue will come down to money. The Fourth Period has the details on the radio interview.
Curt Snoddon of Maple Leafs Hot Stove has a wrap-up piece on the 2013-14 season from some of the Leafs’ top prospects. It was a pretty great season overall, with hopes of an even brighter 2014-15.
As Jeff Veillette mentioned in a post for The LeafsNation, goaltender Ben Scrivens was the only former Toronto Maple Leaf/Marlie to have a positive impact on the Edmonton Oilers this season. The former Leafs backup was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings as part of the Jonathan Bernier trade, then was flipped to the Oilers for a third-round pick mid-season. Scrivens played very well in his 21 games in the Oilers’ crease, facing an enormous amount of shots on a nightly basis. Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal has more on Edmonton’s newest great goaltending hope.