Leafs lose Eakins, Komarov?

Leafs lose Eakins, Komarov?

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Darren Dreger has confirmed the hockey world’s worst kept secret of the past few days – the Edmonton Oilers will introduce former Marlies coach Dallas Eakins as their new head coach tomorrow.

Eakins was an excellent communicator and player developer and will certainly be missed (best of luck in the coaches graveyard, Dallas), but the Marlies program will move forward. Dreger has begun to speculate on a few replacement options for the Marlies:

The other downer news this weekend is the possible loss of Leo Komarov back to Dynamo of the KHL. Komarov was known to be weighing less money and bottom six duty in the NHL against returning to top line minutes back in Russia, so it wouldn’t be overly surprising if this plays out as rumoured. Komarov is a pending RFA with a $1.2 million cap hit, and was said to be expecting a raise if he was to stay with the Leafs. It would be a loss, for sure – Komarov was a useful bottom six pest who threw a ridiculous number of hits per game, took very few penalties given his role, and played about a minute and a half per game on the much improved penalty kill. Komarov started the season on Kadri’s wing, and did open up some space, but never showed much in terms offensive upside before settling into a fourth line role as the season wore on. As likeable as Leo is, these type of players have their price point before a team is forced to call it for what it is – a replaceable bitpart.

Perhaps where Komarov’s presence would be missed most is on HBO 24/7 in December. With quotables like these, he was almost certainly going to rival Ilya Bryzgalov’s 2011 hilarity.

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Burtonboy
Burtonboy

NHL playoffs 2013: Maple Leafs toughest test for Bruins

"Leaf Nation must look at how the Boston Bruins manhandled the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins and wonder what might have been . . . if only the Maple Leafs had held on to that Game 7 lead.

The Leafs, however, aren’t wondering any such thing.

“We lost,” head coach Randy Carlyle said emphatically, putting the notion to rest."


http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/06/08/nhl_playoffs_2013_maple_leafs_toughest_test_for_bruins.html

Jordan29
Jordan29

The Komarov thing is shitty. We need someone to fill his role big time this year

mcloki
mcloki

Morning gents. Well lets hope the wheeling and dealing starts to pick up.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Burtonboy But that series did demonstrate that this team has pride and character.  To come back after that first game drubbing and a 3-1 game deficit against an opponent which has consistently dominated the Leafs for several years ain't nothing to sneeze at.  Neither the Rangers or the Pens had near that kind of backbone. 

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

That about sums it up.....and I keep telling people that there is no guarantee that the results would have been the same had the Leafs moved on.

mcloki
mcloki

@Burtonboy Interesting. And there are a fe qualified GM candidates out there.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Jordan29 D'Amigo and Ashton will be hungry and willing to do whatever is asked to remain on the big team roster.  Komarov will be easily replaced.  Maybe by someone able to score a goal now and then.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

D'Amigo is bigger, faster and 4 years younger and is likely just as good or better on the PK.  Give him a year or 2 to learn to throw his weight around.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Shift_Disturber1 Buyout window opens 48 hrs after the finals end. Open for 2 weeks I think . FA starts on July 5th

Cameron19
Cameron19

@canuckintheuk The other thing is, I fully expect the Leafs to use their buyouts, whereas a lot of teams probably won't, or simply don't have anyone worth buying out.  Our buyouts could open up a ton of space if we require it. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@canuckintheuk A few teams aren't as bad off as they appear though.  The Flyers will buy out Bryzgalov, and Pronger will go on LTIR, for 10 million in savings. 

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Burtonboy  Morning BB - let us see what happens, but Komarov is very popular in the KHL and plays on the top lines - so who can blame him. 

Still hope he will be back. 

 

.Kong.
.Kong.

@MaxwellHowe @Jordan29 Agreed.  I won't miss him one bit.  And, yes, perhaps D'Amigo will be ready to take on the role of pest.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Great Dane @Burtonboy Morning GD . I would like to have Leo back for sure but it has to be for the right price. It wouldn't surprise me if he's looking for considerably more money then the Leafs are willing to or should pay . Cap will definetly be an issue for the next few yrs and every dollar has to count . Gives Ashton and D'Amico a chance if he doesn't.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy @Shift_Disturber1 That was a special deal they negotiated because of the situation with those players . The teams where going to bench them till the buyout window opened this summer. Didn't want to risk injury

.Kong.
.Kong.

@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy @mcloki Haha!  I was thinking the same MB.  And the weather is not inspiring us any either huh?  Pissy in Sarnia this morning.

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

ha ha, good stuff, gotta love the mini skirts and tanned legs..helps ya forget about hockey for a while..well, somewhat haha

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

not much...getting antsy about the draft, UFA and buyouts....what’s new with you my friend?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Captain Keon @Cameron19 @canuckintheuk Looking over their roster and cap, I don't know why it was so strongly speculated they'd buy out Briere as well.  Even with him on the roster, they have tons of space - assuming they buy out Bryzgalov.  I guess they'll be using Schenn or Couturier to bring in a goalie.  Or maybe they'll sign Smith, which I think would also be a mistake.

mcloki
mcloki

We've got plenty of cash.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Captain Keon @Mind Bomb @canuckintheuk @Burtonboy I agree.  However, I was kind of hoping that D'Amigo would get a chance to play a top line role with the Marlies finally.  It seems like Eakins always held him back from playing a scoring role, and yet he clearly had the tools to be more offensive.  If he jumps straight to our 4th line, he might miss the chance to develop that skill set...

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Captain Keon @canuckintheuk @Burtonboy Its not the same though Keon, Can Ashon Finish 5th in Hits, and play on the PK every game ?  Also there are hits and them there are Hits! 

You get what you pay for, saving 500 k on a cap may cost you a lot more in effectivness


phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

my thoughts exactly, I thought he would really step up in the playoffs and be an annoying prick and draw penalties

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@canuckintheuk @Burtonboy @Great DaneYeah I have to say I expected him to bring a bit more in the playoffs. Can't remember for sure but it seems to me his minutes were reduced during that series. At the very least he wasn't as visible. From a cap perspective we can get one or both of Ashton and D'Amico for less then a mil .