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 Marlies will be looking for a young coach who can grow with the club. Steve Spott? Ryan McGill? Glen Gulutzan?
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 8, 2013
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.
Finnish journalist @emilelo reports Komarov will return to the KHL. I’m not that surprised; he’ll get more money and a bigger role.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 9, 2013
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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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."
" Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he had “no idea” whether reports Komarov had planned to sign with Dynamo Moscow were true, but added in an email to the Star: “It wouldn't surprise me.”
@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.
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.
@Burtonboy Mark Messier
@Burtonboy Interesting. And there are a fe qualified GM candidates out there.
@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.
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.
@Jordan29 Hopefully Cal Clusterfuck hits the market :)
@Shift_Disturber1 Buyout window opens 48 hrs after the finals end. Open for 2 weeks I think . FA starts on July 5th
@mcloki hello you lol
@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.
@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.
@canuckintheuk Bobby Mac Tweeted this weekend that a Bryz buyout is almost certain
@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.
@phaneufoundlander I imagine they would . Got a feeling with Slats staying on as Pres. it could be Messier though.
@phaneufoundlander Maybe, but the clash of egos would be huge.
@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.
@phaneufoundlander hhaha Somewhat, but then as long as I am Scoring ! P
ha ha, good stuff, gotta love the mini skirts and tanned legs..helps ya forget about hockey for a while..well, somewhat haha
@phaneufoundlander Just getting into the Summer routine, Beers BBQ and Babes ! You ?
@phaneufoundlander Sup Lander,
@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.
@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...
my thoughts exactly, I thought he would really step up in the playoffs and be an annoying prick and draw penalties
@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 .