Wednesday Mashup: Keeping up with the Komarovs

Wednesday Mashup: Keeping up with the Komarovs

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One of my favourite parts about a new season is the sheer volume of roster changes.  The Toronto Maple Leafs alone saw 10 players leave the fold from May till October, and have already had 9 players make their Leaf debuts.  So let’s catch up with some of the site’s old friends-turned enemies and see what some of last season’s jettison has been up to in the 2013-14 season.

Leo Komarov

While only playing a mere 42 games in Toronto, Leo Komarov made a lasting impact on opposing players rib cages.  Komarov has returned to Dynamo Moscow of the KHL and leads the team in scoring with 17 points in 20 games played.  He actually sits ninth in KHL scoring (with Nigel Dawes of all people) as Dynamo looks to compete for their third straight Gagarin Cup in the spring.  Those are all facts about a real league.

Komarov often felt underused in his brief tenure with the Maple Leafs, and he’s been offered so much more in the ever-expanding KHL.  I know Leafs fans would love to see him don the blue and white once more, but I think we all know he’s happier pissing off players and fans in 8 different countries.

Mikhail Grabovski

Perhaps not wanting to tax himself by playing for a playoff calibre team, Grabbo signed with the Washington Capitals on a frugal one year deal.  After cutting through the Blackhawks like a ripe pineapple in a 4-point debut performance, Grabovski has recorded a meagre goal and 2 assists in his last 8 games.  But he’s been a boon to the team’s enigmatic Eastern European depth, an area of weakness to the Capitals ever since Alex Semin departed two seasons ago.

He’ll make the first of three appearances this season against the Leafs on November, so I figured I’d get these jokes out of the way now before he annihilates the Buds.

Clarke MacArthur

After being spurned by the Maple Leafs, MacArthur (probably?) begrudgingly accepted a two year deal with the Ottawa Senators.  MacArthur was always a divisive player in his tenure with Toronto, combining frustratingly inconsistent play with some fairly impressive underlying numbers in three seasons with the Leafs.

So it’s incredibly like him to have continued this exact style of play in Ottawa, where he anchors the second line and has provided four assists in eight games, despite having a four-game pointless streak already in this young season.  If he continues at this pace, he’ll prove both fans and detractors in Toronto right for not having kept him around.  How Clarke MacArthur of him.

Ben Scrivens

Lost among the big names and old grudges on this list has been the stellar play of Ben Scrivens, who has a scintillating 1.22 goals against and .939 save percentage in three games played for the Los Angeles Kings.  He’s also received the way awesome nickname of “the Professor,” which is so much cooler than Scribbles.

Matt Frattin

Because every hockey coach ever is pretty much the same person, Matt Frattin finds himself in Los Angeles getting limited minutes with limiting linemates after appearing poised to feature in a top six scoring role.  Frattin’s found himself in Darryl Sutter’s dog house and has already been a healthy scratch once this season (see previous sentence for explanation of this sentence).

Some Leaf fans called the trade of Frattin, and the retention of his salary, a pyrrhic victory for the Leafs. But I’d say it was a cagey strategic move by Nonis and co. to pay a guy to play poorly for the opposition.

Mike Kostka

Despite plying his trade for the Chicago Blackhawks, Kostka still found a way to contribute to the Leafs porous defense this season.  In spite of his game winner on Saturday, the Asgardian/Etobicoke native has been little used in the Windy City (only two games played), as the Hawks have a plethora of actual defensemen on the roster.

I don’t really have much more to report about him, other than the fact that the word spite was used at the start of both previous sentences, which sums up most fans’ feelings towards him.  There’s also this:


Ryan O’Byrne

Despite paying down his phone bill for the next six months and leaving his number on the bathroom walls of every NHL arena, O’Byrne hasn’t received any offers from NHL suitors.  He did receive offers from several people who misunderstood the context of his bathroom posting that read “Need a hole filled in your back end? I’m your man.”

 

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LINKS:

- Here’s last night’s game in 10 from the 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

- Here is Phil Kessel’s hat trick for you to relive in all its glory.

- Are the Leafs interested in Dmitry Kulikov? The quote from Cox suggests there’s a pretty tenuous basis to this rumour. The Leafs have been apparently “eying him from afar for a few years” and Kulikov “might” be available. Interesting anyway.

- The Leaf Report Podcast featuring Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle.  It’s a new one.  And they talk about flu shots for a while.  So, health and hockey then.

- Leafs itching for reinforcement in form of David Clarkson. Itch no more, Clarkson is back on Friday.

- In our attempts to illuminate our understanding of a sport with statistics, we can sometimes rely on flawed data and create our own blind spots, argues Chris Boyle, who says he will reveal his evidence on the importance of shot quality in hockey next week.

1242 comments
Ian from Etobicoke
Ian from Etobicoke

Simmons is Canadian Sportswriter of the Year? I've heard it all.

Cloud09
Cloud09

So who takes the flyer on Tyler Myers??

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

If HowieDoin is still lurking here, I'd like him to email me at brownscombealec(at)gmail.com

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

The Sens looked twice as fast as the Wings and Wings don't have heavy hitters who can slow them down, that is how you destroy Detroit.

Mcost61
Mcost61

Nice loss Crusty, looks good on you

rustynail
rustynail

weird that I don;t remember Scott being like that before this season sure sounds the coach has influenced his behaviour

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Garbutt(sp?) just got 5 games, no previous record and no penalty on the play. Does a penalty on this play factor in?  How can they fairly justify more than 5 games? Would love to see a guy like this just gone but curious as we all know how the league seems to work.



sniperstar
sniperstar

Looks like Scott is trying to get suspended before the game with the Leafs where Orr is going to rearrange his face.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

I think the worst part about Scott is that he is targetting people that can actually play the game. Hes not going after guys that can fight or atleast defend themselves. He dont belong in the NHL. Throw him out. Before he possibly maims someone or worse.

KingKadri
KingKadri

Just got online to see Scott's hit, pretty obvious it was intentional to the head. What I don't get, and probably makes it worse and why Julien was going nuts, was that it was at centre ice! Its not even a battle close to the boards, he was dumping it in... Ugh just makes yea cringe. 

docyqx
docyqx

@MikeGartner11  I think he's going to be gone for a long Unpaid holiday anyway...

It's this kind of mostly blindsided hit, with direct contact to the head that the league supposedly wants out of the game....Time for Shannahan to Step Up...10 + + Games..,,( 20 or more would be to my liking).

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@wiski Yeah SabresFacebook I particularly like it when Orr TKO'd him with a body shot, that changed him.

Cloud09
Cloud09

@wiski gonna see Buffalo's best and brightest tonight...

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

I totally love this twitter users avatar, so I will assume he is trying irony

docyqx
docyqx

@LeafsForLife  If someone doesn't do something about John Scott, Hopefully Shanahan starts with 10 + + Games

A Good SHITKICKING wouldn't be out of the question either, even tho I haven't seen the Bruin Response yet, McQuaid tried, but Scott deserves more much more, Headhunting Idiot

Dougie Wraparound
Dougie Wraparound

It looks like McQuaid intentionally pulled Scott down in order to make him hit his head on the ice a la Parros... And after Scott gets up, he sure does look groggy. This type of play has no place in the game, except in this case, of course.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

I would follow you into battle without a moment's hesitation.

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

Well judging by what the ducks had to say about us post game, it should be a walk in the park!

sniperstar
sniperstar

@Waiting4LSC I don't think I was around for this whole Howie situation. What did the guy do? 
Nvm read below and found out.

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

Reminds me a bit of the 'toronto stronger' crowd here....

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

In the series a mega computer was ask to provide the answer to life, the universe and everything. After humanity waiting hundreds of thousands of years for the computation to be completed, the big day arrived with a warning from the computer that "you're probably not going to like it." And the answer turned out to be 42.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Wiski: The book, TV series and movie were all about a group of guys that found the "Answer was 42", and went in search of the question. If this was not a reference to the Hitchhikers Guide what does 42 and the answer relate to, please good sir?

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Wiski: just to be sure "the hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy"?

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

Totally gonna rip WELLWOOD off my WELLWOOD jersey and replace it with THE ANSWER with 42 as the number.

Dear god! Bozak is also the answer! Mind. Blown.

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

That we are one of the fastest teams they have ever played against

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

The nhl should take a page from baseball and do a season suspension for this kind of crap.