2012-13 Player Review: Leo Komarov

2012-13 Player Review: Leo Komarov

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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.

Dave Nonis:

“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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444 comments
WatsonB
WatsonB

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!

Cameron19
Cameron19

Here's one for you guys:

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To PIT: Grabovski, JVR, Percy, 1st (2013), 1st (2014)
To TOR: Malkin

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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)

McLaren (0.75)

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Gunnar (3.25) - Phaneuf (6.5)

Gardiner (0.875) - Franson (3.5)

Fraser (1.0) - Granberg (0.8)

Ranger (1.0)

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Reimer (1.8) - Scrivens (0.6125)

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CAP HIT: 57.8775 million

CAP SPACE: 6.4225 million 


Cameron19
Cameron19

Real time updating no longer works for me on Livefyre....

GeorgeCastanza
GeorgeCastanza

A healthy Jake Gardiner played with a certain Omnipresence against the Boston Bruins.  He stays!!!!

mcloki
mcloki

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.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

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.


tucker2corson
tucker2corson

lists their playing styles, stats and a scouts take on their play... what they are good at and what their weakness are, great read..

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Cameron19 Remove JVR and I am all in. It is not a bad idea for neither Pens or us

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Cameron19 Forgot to mention, JVR's production vs his contract makes him one of the most skilled/productive players per salary in the league.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Cameron19  No.  Would not trade that package and 2 firsts for Malkin.  I would NOT trade JVR.  He is still improving and goes to the net.  Malkin because of prior injuries is probably starting a decline.  That package is just too much as Malkin will probably become a 30G, 75 pt man over the next 1-3 yrs.  Good but not worth 2 firsts and JVR plus Percy who was a first. 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Cameron19  For someone not in a hurry to trade JVR, you have sent him packing twice already this morning lol


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Mind Bomb Good Line up . I like it . Don't think I would be paying Redden 2.0 mil though . 

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Cameron19 

Great.  I can make snide comments about you on prior posts and you'll never know! : )

mcloki
mcloki

Morning MB. Another glorious day here in Toronto. At least there will be hockey tonight.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@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


B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Burtonboy 

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.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Knights2Leafs 

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.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 Don't trade JVR, he is on his way to being a 70 point guy which coincidently will be Malkin's ceiling in the next 2 years.

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.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb  I though about that one, I liked his play in the Boston series, I bet he gets multiple offers so I upped the Value a Bit, still 2 mil for a Vet quality D man is nice

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@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. 

Great Dane
Great Dane

@B_Leaf @Burtonboy Yes Losing Bozak would be felt - felt goooooood that is.

Are you related to Bozak??  ROFL - if you take that bag of your avatar we know for sure

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe @Mind Bomb Why wait?!!  We been waitin' for almost fitty years. Find that dman and the Leafs are there now.  Get it down Cameron.  Don't bring us so close, give us a tap on the head and say "patience, patience"

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@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


http://www.capgeek.com/cap-calculator/roster/20112

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Burtonboy @B_Leaf 

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

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 @B_Leaf @Knights2Leafs Duchene's production is higher, and he's cheaper.  But regardless, it's not like I'm chomping at the bit to trade JVR, I just think he's far less valuable to the team than Gardiner, in the long run. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Mind Bomb @B_Leaf @Knights2Leafs I'd be more inclined to move JVR than Gardiner, in that type of deal. I like JVR, but opportunities to grab strong wingers will arise - maybe not often, but a hell of a lot more often than centers like Duchene or defenders like Gardiner....

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Mind Bomb @B_Leaf @Knights2Leafs 

Maybe so. Duschene is one of the best young players in the game...I think he could excel playing here with good wingers and a good coach.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Mind Bomb @B_Leaf @Knights2Leafs 

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.