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

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

So the draft is the 30th anyone have the other important dates? FA, the week to talk to UFA, buyout windows etc. I can't recall what they all are

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

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy 

some question whether or not Kessel and Phaneuf and Reimer are good leaders, or good core pieces.  people had questions about how important JVR and Franson were to the future, or rather would they live up to their potential?

the team showed a lot of character in the BOS series, and our leaders put a lot of doubt i might have had to rest.  we have some good parts, and a good sized window of opportunity, but also some challenges in improving the team now.

all in all it's a good feeling i have going into this off-season.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@MaxwellHowe @Jordan29 

D'Amigo isn't gritty enough for my liking.  he prefers to draw penalties and is more of a rat than a character guy imo.  perhaps that's not a bad thing to some, but i lost some interest in him this year.  of course, if he kills penalties, draws some penalties, and scores the odd timely goal (that he has been known to do) then i could sway.

Kenny Ryan improved a lot this year though.  he has good size and seemed to use it more than i remember.  he's a good defensive player as well.  he might be better off playing more in the minors to see if he can develop more offensively, but if Nonis can't bring someone new in i'd predict Ryan has an opportunity to play in Leo's place.

.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.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Burtonboy @Shift_Disturber1 Do you know if they are any specifics on the amnesty buyouts? For example can those be done anytime prior to the season starting. 

I was just trying to remember if they ran under the same widows as a regular buyout or if they were treated a little differently.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@_Kong_ @MaxwellHowe @Jordan29

i don't think that way as strongly as that sounds, but as much as it's not P-C to agree with you, i do find it easier to cheer for our home grown kids...it's the patriotic thing to do after all.

i prefer the expected "Canadian character" that i'm sure you're thinking about, but "heart" isn't merely a Canadian thing

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?