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Leafs Expected to Buyout Mike Komisarek

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To no one’s surprise, TSN is reporting that Mike Komisarek will be bought out once the compliance buyout window opens (48 hours after the end of the Stanley Cup Finals). Teams have two (total) compliance buyouts to use this off-season and/or next during the designated buyout periods.

It appears next year’s roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs will not include Mike Komisarek.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs are expected to buy out the veteran defenceman.

Komisarek was signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2009, but only appeared in four games with the Maple Leafs this season.

According to capgeek.com, Komisarek has one year remaining on his five-year, $22.5 million contract, with a cap hit of $4.5 million.

 

Is this the best use of one of the two compliance buyouts available to the Leafs? Discuss.

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292 comments
Grevi
Grevi

Yup I agree it's a dumb move to buy out Komi he's gone next year anyway . If you're going to use it , use it on grabbo or try to strike a deal to help Tampa . Fortunately there's a wack if options available and if the universe feels you deserve it it'll serve it

Claymish
Claymish

No-No.....don't do it! Why waste one of two buyouts on Komisarek? Teams will give up a King's ransom to have someone take their $8-$30 million dollar buyout, and the Leafs can benefit from it. Long gone are the days will the wealthier teams can dominant based on money alone, this is our last chance to us our power. Komisarek is a miniscule $2.3 million buyout, why not trade him and a low tier prospect or 4th round to a team who won't use their two buyouts then go after a big one.

Dink
Dink

Some reason I think Colorado is snowballing and will take Seth Jones with the plan to go after Bozak...

Ensign
Ensign

Morning everyone

Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs
Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

Anyway got to go soon but I think a deal with the Islanders to relieve them of DiPietros contract and get Okposo would be a nice little payment. I really think Okposo could do a job for us, hes chea, hes a face off guy and fits right into the 2nd line RW job. I realise everyone wants Clarkson but I really reckon he'll be asking for upwards of 5 million a year in order to leave the top line minutes hes getting at NJ. Okposo would be a nice fit.

Dink
Dink

I so want the Black Hawks to be parading the Cup tonight around the Boston crowd...

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

hmmm, just thinkin out loud ...... if tampa isnt offering enough for the lecavalier buyout , would you rather wait to se if they buy him out , then offer him a deal ??? i think i would rather have lecavalier then weiss ....... the cost of aquiring gagner or stastny worries me ..

Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs
Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

I think blowing a buyout on Komi is a bad move and a serious waste of a very valuable tool.

I think if Grabo does not figure in the plans as a top 2 line foward then one should be used on him as no one in their right mind wants to pick up that contract.

The second one should be used in a deal that involves a massive contract coming our way and use our financial muscle to pay for it. Maybe in that deal Komi can be sent the other way to even the deal out in regards this coming years cap hit but still a massive use to a team in the long term that is stretched for cash. for example Vinny from Tampa, use him all this coming season as our No1 center and give Kadri another year as the No2 guy to learn his trade even better, then buy him out next summer. Get a bag of goodies in the deal as well. Another option would be to rid NYI of DiPietros contract and make a play for their draft pick and try our luck with a guy like Okposo.

But blowing it on one year of 4.5 million whilst we have no one at present to spend the money on imo is silly. During the off season we can go 10% over cap limit whilst the team settles and so far we have more than enough cap room to sign a No1 center for alot of money and still take our time regarding Komi. Well a week/ week and a half anyway.

I realise alot would say that we have all the way up untill the transfer window closes BUT if we dont get a replacement for Bozie anyway and we cant take a face off for toffee without him we wont be even close to the playoffs so come that transfer window we will be sellers not buyers anyway.


The two most important things for the Leafs to do now is

1.Sign Bernier before Phillie make an offer sheet for him. Getting a second round pick as compensation for a second round pick, Frattin, $500 000 and Scrivens would sting like nothing else and would go along way in turning Nonis into John Ferguson jnr jnr.

2.Sign a 1st line big bodied center within the next week, even if its one that will be a short term guy 2 to 3 years. Then that would give us the flexibility to buyout any contract we wish.

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

honestly, i will be disappointed if leafs waste a compliance buyout on komisarek ....... hang on , teams will get desperate ..... there has to be a deal avaialble to add an asset for a buyout ....... maybe not as big as we have been hoping for , but something ......

daniel marois
daniel marois

I think without a doubt Leafs will have a new #1 centre before July 5.  Have a suspicion it might happen on draft day. 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

I wonder if Staples will come on and give us LA's Take on this Trade


Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@Dink They don't seem to need centres and Bozak appears to want more cash than would make sense for a 3rd line C even if they were to move ROR latter in the year. ( not a prediction)

Joe_17
Joe_17

@unclejakescards Im not totally convinced i want Gagner anyway.if we want Gagner i'd just put Kadri there. If we fill the 1 hole i'd expect them to be considerably more suited to the role than Kadri - not marginally.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@unclejakescards For me, I just don't see how we could acquire Stastny, sign Clarkson, add a defender, and fill-in the holes left by the assets going into the Stastny deal without going over the cap. Unless Ranger is the big defender add this summer, and he's willing to sign something like a 1 year, 1 million dollar contract to get back in the swing of things - money is going to be tight. And that assumes Komisarek and Liles are gone - by whatever means. 

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs My own 'hunch' is that Jeff Vinik is not nearly as cash strapped as people think. Yes he closed his hedge fund after a loss (5/6%?) the last 6 months but I believed he had been averaging 17% profit for a number of years. And it's not the first time he has closed a fund.    

He moved to Florida from Boston about a year ago to concentrate on the team. The buyout will be spaced over many years and the combination of the strong 3/4 players at top of this draft and the need to plan for Martin St. Louis' replacement and a new partner for Stamkos will lead to him having little interest in giving up that pick. I really think he wants to improve his team.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs The problem with your Lecavalier scenario is that if he were to get injured - even if it were just a minor injury - and he is recuperating at this time next year, than the buyout option is removed, and we would be stuck with him.  Also, I think the only way he would waive his NMC is if we were buying him out. 

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As for Bernier, we would match an offer-sheet in that range, it would just be annoying cap-wise. 

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@unclejakescards Funny how things change. When compliance buy-outs were first discussed by the NHL most of us thought, "Great, we can buy out Komi!!!!"   lol

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Mind Bomb He did yesterday . Likes Bernier a lot but feels the Kings did well ...especially saving $500,000 in cap space 

Ensign
Ensign

Cap hit is Going to be a bit much. And I hate to lose Frattin But I like this pairing

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Joe_17

I think we need a bigger center than Gagner, but this guy is better than most think.  He has a much higher skill set than Bozak and would complement all of Kessel, Lupul and JVR ( plus MacA - lol) very well.  With Kadri, they would make a very effective 1 - 2 punch regardless of who plays 1C.  This cannot happen anyways if we have Grabo, so it all may be academic.

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

@Cameron19 @unclejakescards ya, i was just looking on capgeek , it would be tough , im hoping that young oilers team and their rookie gm see grabbo and liles as a great veteran presence and take those 2 ....... not for gagner , but some picks prospects .......

Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs
Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

@Bobsyouruncle @Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs  

Not even if was a swap of first rounders.? 

I have read it makes zero sense on Tampa to get rid of Vinny as really they arent that far from a play off team and serious contender if the added a good goal tender and a decent d-man. So I dont put too much weight or hope on a Vinny deal anyway. Just think from a business side handing over Vinny for a 1 year rental and then resigning him after we buy him out next summer  for considerably cheaper makes good business sense.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bobsyouruncle @Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Maybe not cash strapped enough to move a top 3 pick - although again, the assumption there is that the pick is a guaranteed impact player; which is a big assumption, even that high in the draft. But maybe cash strapped enough to move a high-end prospect already in the system (i.e. Connolly), and say, his 33rd overall pick.  Something like, Grabovski for Lecavalier, Connolly, 2nd.

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I bet even owners overflowing with cash from their other enterprises perk up an ear at the opportunity to save themselves 30 million dollars.  

Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs
Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

@Cameron19 @Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs  

Risk of long term injury is a risk but if you dont speculate you have no chance of acumulating as the saying goes. There is a chance that Vinny would waive his NMC if he knew he was a 1 year rental and would then be bought out. Besides Vinny is a real talent, forgetting the point per game or 100 point season stats for a minute the man really does work his f-ing boots off. This shortened season just gone he played with a very serious foot injury, sensibly he should maybe have rested it but he soldiered on and that hows the mettle of the man. Hes 31 not 35 so worse case scenario we get 5-6 years of solid work from him and after that time the cap hit should be alot higher than this years 64mill


Cam, Im not sure how the offer sheet system actually works. If the offer sheet comes in of a second, can we match it and if we do what actually happens. We have used a second on getting him, is the 2nd year dependant like this years or 2014 or 2015. Do we have to be in possesion of it. Meaning if it isnt this years but next years and LA claim it then we dont have it? Do we actually have to give it up if we match - sounds daft but Im not sure so have to ask - remember no stupid questions just stupid answers, lol.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Ensign  Yep I thought I remembered you like Bernier, :) Ya sucks about Frattin, but give to get and all, I Laughed at the Cost being Our 1st as well or Gardiner

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@Dink @jayman87 @Cameron19 @unclejakescards @Joe_17 I'd love to see Carlyle give him a chance on the top line with good O-zone starts and Kessel most of the time and at least JVR or equivalent as the LW. If Grabs has a bounce back season we up his trade value with the salary then more in line.   

Can't say I have a lot of faith that Randy will go that route, but I'll hope. Bozak out of the picture would at least improve the odds.

jayman87
jayman87

@Cameron19 @unclejakescards @Joe_17  What if the leafs move grabo for picks/prospects and use those assets to trade to stl? I'm sure grabo has decent value, especially if leafs retain some of his contract. Would make an opening for big joe if he's ready to be on the team.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@unclejakescards @Cameron19 @Joe_17 I don't disagree, but if you hang on to him, add a center, and still have Grabovski in the line-up - where does he play?  Perhaps STL would accept something like Percy + 21st overall for Berglund. 

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

@Cameron19 @unclejakescards @Joe_17 i was ok with dealing frattin , but , colborne im not ok with , yet . big guys like him tend to take longer to develop , and not sure how good he will become yet ...... id rather hang on to big joe ...for now

Cameron19
Cameron19

@unclejakescards @Joe_17 I'm thinking a very Nonis approach would be to trade for Berglund, extend MacArthur, and sign Clarkson:

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J.V.R. (4.25) - Berglund (4.00) - Kessel (5.40)

Lupul (5.25) - Kadri (3.50) - Kulemin (2.80)

MacA (2.75) - Grabovski (5.50) - Clarkson (4.25)

D'Amigo (0.87) - McClement (1.5) - Orr (0.925)

McLaren (0.75)

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From a year to year perspective, you're swapping Bozak, Frattin and Komarov for Berglund, Clarkson and D'Amigo. A very safe approach. Most likely have to move Colborne to get Berglund. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bobsyouruncle @Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Yes, but we're not a team that loses 25 million a year, either. It could get kind of convoluted pretty easily though, I suppose.  Perhaps they trade down to the 6th overall pick, and then feel more comfortable swapping from there. The more I think about it though, the more I think these owners would still do these deals, but are more likely to move assets that are already in the system, so they can cover their tracks more easily.

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The Islanders for example have already turned the fans against Niederreiter and made it quite clear he annoys management - that's a guy you can move without stirring up a shit storm.  Connolly is a guy the Lightning could sell as having been injury prone and buried in depth behind Lecavalier and Stamkos, or what have you. 

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs @Bobsyouruncle All I can do is put myself in his shoes knowing that the team is his major interest now. Whether there is some other possible scenario of interest not involving 3rd overall I wouldn't know. I don't see him interested in a swap of 1st rounders.  

We're obviously very interested in getting our hands on that pick but we have to ask ourselves here, if we're comfortable with our finances would we give up 3rd overall? For me the answer is a strong no. I think we'll see TB pick in the top 3.  

Who knows, maybe there is a possible move a bit lower in the top 10.

Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs
Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

@Cameron19 @Bobsyouruncle @Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs  

The thing is though Cam who would Tampa pick that could play now to push for a cup now or in the next two years. MacKinnon is a center he wont get past Vinny or Stammy in a hurry. Seth Jones is a young d-man and they take years to mature. (atleast 3 to 4) Barkov is a center, so really its Nishushkin but thats 2 years down the line atleast by which time serious questions will be asked of STLouis and possibly Vinny??

Cameron19
Cameron19

@unclejakescards @Cameron19 @Bobsyouruncle @Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs But they're not a cap team anyways, so his cap hit isn't all that important.  They have an internal budget between 55 and 60 million that even Yzerman has alluded to. With the cap being 64, he's not really an issue for 2 more years. 

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Ohlund is a shitty situation for them though.  I am sure he is like Lombardi and was un-insurable when they signed that deal. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @Mind Bomb Awesome. Yea, it will be back to school for me eventually.  I think I want to wind up being a school psychologist. Couple more years to finish that up.  Also really need to learn to speak French. *sigh*

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Just want to golf and relax this summer though.