Leo Komarov is back in the KHL. His signature for Dynamo Moscow has already been confirmed by official club sources and his own twitter account. Just like that, the Leafs will have to live life without their pesky winger.
“We made him an offer that we thought was fair. If he chooses not to take it and play in Russia for more money, then there’s nothing we can do about it. I wouldn’t say it was a surprise.”
Komarov finished fifth in the league with 176 hits, scoring four goals and nine points. Therein also probably lies the biggest reason behind his departure. Sure, playing for more money in the second best league in the world is probably tasty enough, but playing a more prominent role on a back to back Gagarin Cup champion team is a gourmet meal compared to what the Leafs offered.
Similarly obvious is what the Leafs lost.
There is a reason behind why the news was met with disapproval from Leafs Nation. Leo Komarov had a very good debut season, a season in which he showed traits this club missed since, well, Darcy Tucker.
At 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 187 pounds, Komarov was one of the smaller forwards on the Leafs and missed games due to his physical style of play, but few can argue he was one of the players instrumental in changing the on ice character of this hockey team. Much more so than the pugilistic skills of McLaren and Orr.
Comparing him to the Leafs’ bottom-six forward group, Komarov also possessed a good skill level and was a relatively fast skater with good mobility, which enabled him to be so effective on the forecheck.
Komarov wore down the opposition, often hitting everything in sight. Speaking of hitting, he exactly what you’d call a devastating hitter rather, the kind of hitter who finishes every check, just enough to get players off their game when done purposely and consistently.
His feisty attitude was what made him so effective in the first place. Leo had that rare ability to get inside the heads of opposition players but, unlike some, he played a clean game. After all, one has to be able to control their emotion to be an effective agitator. Even so, it often seemed like nothing fazed him. Komarov collected only 18 PIMs throughout the season, 9 less than Brad Marchand, 27 less than Maxim Lapierre. On the flip side, the opposition was always fuming, seemingly for no reason, and he was able to draw several silly penalties.
Objectivity aside, I just loved having Leo Komarov on this team. He was the kind of European happy go lucky stoner type dude who played hard and didn’t take a lot of shifts off. On top of that, he had a great sense of humor, something along the lines of Ilya Bryzgalov, only slightly more measured.
Despite his lacking offensive production, bet your bottom dollar he’ll be tough to replace.
Best of luck, comrade.
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RATE THIS PLAYER: Out of 10, rate Leo Komarov’s season relative to his role, opportunity/usage and the expectations for the player entering the season.
7.5 For the Corporal. Sad to see him go, wish him the best.
FYI, Matt Martin from the Isle's would be a my dream replacement for the Corporal!
just came across on sportnet.ca a day by day leading up to the draft coverage of each prospects in the top 30 and where they think they are slated to go.. not sure if posted but some good insight into the players http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/nhl-draft-coverage-30-prospects-in-30-days/
Here's one for you guys:
To PIT: Grabovski, JVR, Percy, 1st (2013), 1st (2014)
To TOR: Malkin
Kulemin (2.8) - Malkin (8.7) - Kessel (5.4)
Lupul (5.25) - Kadri (3.5) - Clarkson (4.5)
Frattin (0.925) - Colborne (0.85) - _________
Gordon (1.5) - McClement (1.5) - Ashton (0.84)
Gunnar (3.25) - Phaneuf (6.5)
Gardiner (0.875) - Franson (3.5)
Fraser (1.0) - Granberg (0.8)
Reimer (1.8) - Scrivens (0.6125)
CAP HIT: 57.8775 million
CAP SPACE: 6.4225 million
OK First try on the Capgeek roster generator. Somehow when I saved, it switched Clarkson and Frattin so Clarkson goes to the 3rd line
Morning gents. I see we're up to the same old trade scenarios. Well at leat the coaching vacancies are being filled. Once that is done. We should be right into buyout season. Lets hope for some news.
You just had to make me go read Richard Cloutier. Here'e how stupid he is. Their 7th for Gardiner + Kulemin or Gards + Joe Colborne. But he goes on to say he'd trade their 7th for either B.Schenn OR Sean Couturier.
I wouldn't trade Gardiner straight up for Schenn or Couturier notwithstanding our need for a 1C.
lists their playing styles, stats and a scouts take on their play... what they are good at and what their weakness are, great read..
@Cameron19 Remove JVR and I am all in. It is not a bad idea for neither Pens or us
@Cameron19 For someone not in a hurry to trade JVR, you have sent him packing twice already this morning lol
@Mind Bomb Good Line up . I like it . Don't think I would be paying Redden 2.0 mil though .
Great. I can make snide comments about you on prior posts and you'll never know! : )
@Burtonboy Very nice BB, I did not know about that tool, I will play around today and Build my Roster. I like your Roster though, mine will be a little Different
I like a lot about that roster...it has good balance, decent size and speed. It is a little young and unproven in spots.
I know you disagree but the loss of Bozak would really be felt by this team. There is no way Colborne fills the void. This team may be building better for the future but I think this team is in the now.
@Knights2Leafs You must be a masochist to have the never to read Cloutier lol
Personally, I would not have the nerve to trade Gardiner...I think he could really be something special. Last year he was unbelievable before his concussion in the AHL. It took a while as it often does with head injuries for him to get back to standard...but we saw him back there in the playoffs against a tough opponent. Next year he should come to camp healthy and we will learn exactly what we have here. The guy could really be good next year...really good. Right now I project Gardiner better than Rielly.
I would rather keep our draft picks too.
I would do Grabo, Kulemim, Gunnarson and a second for Malkin, that probably wouldn't get him, but tha's the max I would offer.
Clarkosn could replace Kulemin and Granberg would replace Gunnarson, Grab amd the second I don't care about.
@mcloki Morning MC, yes beautiful here as well, but by the afternoon or evening we are getting some serious Thunderstorms apparently, which will knock out my Bell satalite and I will miss the game lol.
@Knights2Leafs nerve lol
@B_Leaf @Burtonboy Actually the calculations didn't show up right in that first line up . Even with the buyouts it will be really tight trying to sign Kessel and Dion next yr. We would only have 2.9 mil left with Tucker and Armstrong coming off the booksand that's not even signing Bozak . Now that's if I got this dam thing done correctly lol
Of course he will because he is UFA. But the Leafs should be spending to the cap and you have to overpay the odd player on this team. I think they have room to sign him. To me he is a guy who has taken ownership of this team...and you don't let guys like that walk. He played the most minutes of any forward on this team...and we have one of the best coaches in this league. If we were to move up significantly in the draft or make a great trade I might reconsider but short of that we would miss Bozak.
Our number one faceoff guy...one of best in league
A key player on the second best PK
Ice time leader amongst forwards...and we have a great group of forwards
First line center on arguably one of the top 10 teams in league.
Shut down Bergeron when head to head in playoffs
He is defensively very sound
He scores big goals
He plays physical, but can also skate very well
Well Duschene is a pretty good young player too. I would have to look at it. But cant really see Colorado moving him. But after this upcoming season I have a feeling Gardiner's value will be huge. The guy can dominate and he is still a couple years from hitting prime.