The Maple Leafs could sign Leo Komarov, but he can’t play this season

The Maple Leafs could sign Leo Komarov, but he can’t play this season

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    Just a quick-bite for a Monday afternoon for all of you here at MLHS.

    Following Dynamo Moscow’s elimination from the KHL playoffs this afternoon, Maple Leafs fans are (understandably) wondering if it might be possible for Leo Komarov to be added to the Maple Leafs roster in time for the playoffs.

    Article 13.23 of the National Hockey League Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) stipulates the following in regards to adding a player from a non-North American league after the start of the season:


    “In the event that a professional or former professional Player plays in a league outside of North America after the start of the NHL Regular Season, other than on Loan from his Club, he may thereafter play in the NHL during that Playing Season (including Playoffs) only if he has first either cleared or been obtained via Waivers. For the balance of the Playing Season, any such Player who has been obtained via Waivers may be Traded or Loaned only after again clearing Waivers or through a Waiver claim. This section shall not apply to a Player on the Reserve List or Restricted Free Agent List of an NHL Club with whom the Player is signing an NHL SPC or is a party to an existing SPC with such NHL Club.

    What exactly does that mean for Komarov?

    Well, first things first: The default position of the CBA is that any player looking to return to the NHL from a professional league outside of North America is subject to a Waiver claim. However, there are two exceptions to the default rule: first that the player is on the Club’s Reserve List; or is otherwise a Restricted Free Agent (“RFA”).

    According to capgeek Leo Komarov is not currently listed on the Toronto Maple Leafs Reserve List. So that exemption is out. BUT, Mr. Komarov is still an RFA until July 1st when he is eligible to become a Unrestricted Free Agent. So that means we can sign him and he can join the team, right?

    Wrong.

    According to Article 11.4 the Signing Deadline for Group 2 Free Agents – of which Komarov is one – is 5:00 pm on December 1st of the Current Season, or for our purposes was December 1, 2013.

    Unfortunately, our pesky Comrade will not be rejoining the Leafs for the stretch/playoff run, but the Leafs do retain exclusive bargaining rights from now until July 1st.

    Elliot is a litigator, media and sports lawyer working downtown Toronto at Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP. He completed his articles at the Toronto office of a national full-service firm before leaving to pursue a media, sports and litigation practice. Elliot currently teaches a negotiation course entitled “Lawyer as Negotiator” at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated in the top 6% of his class, and was a recipient of the McMillan LLP Scholarship. He has written extensively on negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and his paper on collective bargaining in the National Hockey League was published in Volume 19 of the Sports Lawyers Journal. Elliot currently represents national level amateur athletes involved in sports related disputes through the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Elliot can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on twitter
    711 comments
    CanuckUKinToronto
    CanuckUKinToronto

    Habs live and die by the Refs.. look no further than their 5 on 5.. they are 0.88 for/against.  They are 24th in the league. All teams below will not make the playoffs.. Car, NJ, Wash, Winn (Flyers then) Otttawa ahead.. 5 of the next 6 ahead will also not make the playoffs.. So.. once the playoffs start the Habs will get killed in the first round.. No way refs can dictate that much and get away with it.

    Jay31
    Jay31

    Funny thing about Komarov, even the PPP guys want him to sign with us.. Only a very small minority from what I've seen doesn't want him

    dlb Mad
    dlb Mad

    I'm going to do you all a favour.  I'm leaving until Clarkson is no longer the butt of jokes.  Pisses me off.  No one wants him to be a force for his home town team more than he does.  I'll be back when he shuts your mouth.

    Xxxxxnew
    Xxxxxnew

    @TSNBobMcKenzie: The consensus top college UFA this year is UMass-Lowell D Christian Folin. UMass-Lowell plays Notre Dame Thursday in HE semi-final.

    CanuckUKinToronto
    CanuckUKinToronto

    haha.. best line I just heard on the radio the guy said..

    "using his head as a rectal thermometer"... lol.. 

    CanuckUKinToronto
    CanuckUKinToronto

    Wife told me months ago she would only start watching the whole games "when the games count"..  Saturday night Leafs vs Habs is not only Hockey Night in Canada but "date night" at my house.. first time other than Intl hockey games will I ever see my wife watch a whole hockey game.. If Leafs go far in the playoffs, maybe she ends up posting on here..lol

    Loric76
    Loric76

    This tweet wins the Internet


    Chevy Chase ‏@ChevyChase  3m

    If you’re told you only have six months to live, immediately get married. It will make those six months seem like eternity.

    deleted_16426185_hoolihan
    deleted_16426185_hoolihan

    I am not sure that Komarov is not on the Leafs' Reserve List. CAPGEEK only lists signed players. There are 53. But each team can actually have up to 90 (some sources say 80) players, including unsigned draft choices, etc., on its Reserve List. I have no idea how one can get a peek at the Leafs' full list.

    Loric76
    Loric76

    traded at the draft I bet



    Ryan Dittrick ‏@ryandittrick  29m

    On Yakupov's -33 rating. Not much stock put into it: "Our stats in-house show that Nail is getting better -- and I believe he's committed."

    Leafs rule
    Leafs rule

    @CanuckUKinToronto This is a rotten surprise but thanks for all that , Hoping u r right about the playoffs though and re no way Refs should get away with this crap

    CanuckUKinToronto
    CanuckUKinToronto

    Just to compare.. how when the game is on the line.. the refs also seem to give calls to Habs ...

    pp opportunities by period

    Habs  P1= 86, P2- 75, p3- 74

    Leafs P1= 78, p2- 80, P3- 53


    Leafs are 29th in pp opportunities in the third period.. No wonder we blow leads.. we do not get to many chances to add to our lead on the pp..


    Even worse-  PK we have 72 pk kills in the third (vs 71 P1 and 87 p2)

    Habs have only 63 pk in third period.. vs 86 in first and 85 in p2.


    So in the third period.. Habs have 21 pp more than us and kill 9 less!  ie. that is a swing of advantage/disadvantage of 30.. Fucking 30 in the third period.  So with them have 63 pk and us having 53 pp.. (30 on 116) .. that is a 25.9% advantage for them in the third period!!!  


    I wonder what that stat would be comparing French Refs vs non..

    ps.. this should get a lot of likes.. took me a bit of research.. but now we have proof.. .. someone send this to the NHL

    peterbleafs
    peterbleafs

    @wiski Go to their twitter site and look at the figure skater picture, subhans head implanted.

    lukethenuke
    lukethenuke

    @dlb eh  I think everyone is patiently waiting for him to show signs of earning 5+ M

    Leafs rule
    Leafs rule

    @dlb eh Ok then hows Clarkson body slamin alfie then taking on the sedins then ,leafs winn in reg time 3-2

    Loric76
    Loric76

    @CanuckUKinToronto  lol sounds like a good description of regular practice by a few here...and at work...and pretty much everywhere lol

    dlb Mad
    dlb Mad

    @CanuckUKinToronto

    i can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing having your wife in the room during a hockey game.  is she smoking hot, stripped and silent?

    Savo43
    Savo43

    @CanuckUKinToronto  Just bought my girl a Kadri jersey. She's Muslim and from Morocco and had no interest in hockey until she watched me play mens...then i told her about Nazeeeeem the dream lolol and now she's hopping on the wagon. Hopefully we can have a good run this year so she can start being a full time with me. 

    Biltmore
    Biltmore

    @wiski  I'd love to see the Avs run up 9+ goals on the Habs.... Carey Price quits the team and ends up traded to the Avs where they go on to win two Cups. 

    dlb Mad
    dlb Mad

    @Loric76

    personally, i think it's rediculous the guff this kid gets.  i'd take him in a heartbeat.  i still remember the passion he showed in Junior and the willingness to battle.  and the skill was pinnacle amongst his peers.  so many useless people judging him.

    Loric76
    Loric76

    actually no he won't be.  Oilers are too dumb.

    CanuckUKinToronto
    CanuckUKinToronto

    @Leafs rule @CanuckUKinToronto Too much spotlight to continue doing blatent calls night after night.. they may be able to affect 1 game result but 2-3 and it would be a massive embarrassment for the league

    Savo43
    Savo43

    @CanuckUKinToronto  Man...its a good thing Mason Raymond isn't on the Habs..he alone would draw 5 falling penalties a game at the bell center. lolol. 

    Savo43
    Savo43

    @CanuckUKinToronto  So i guess the moral of the story is...we need to get our fans hollering like bitches everytime one of our players gets touched or falls. 

    LeafsGuru
    LeafsGuru

    @lukethenuke @dlb eh I agree with dlb, I remember last year everyone saying if Nonis didn't sign Clarkson for whatever he was asking we should fire him.  how easy we forget that we all wanted him on this team

    CanuckUKinToronto
    CanuckUKinToronto

    @Savo43 @CanuckUKinToronto My wife is a Finn.. if Leafs had Finns contributing it would be easier.. she knows those players from the Olympics etc..  She knows the "names" Kessel, Bozak, JVR, Kadri, Lupul, Phaneuf, Bernier and Reimer.. that is it.. (doesnt even know Rielly yet even)
    .. glad you are getting your girl hooked on it

    dlb Mad
    dlb Mad

    @Burtonboy

    best case is Avs demolish them and Roy is caught snickering in the hallway.  pisses off all the fans and they burn his sweater where it hangs in the rafters.  and then he cries.

    Loric76
    Loric76

    @dlb eh @Loric76  meh, funner to judge :)


    realistically tho, I'd take him too for the right price.  Problem is the right price isn't right enough for the Oilers

    Xxxxxnew
    Xxxxxnew

    I'm pissed off that for the 8th year in a row the Oilers are yet again going to be rewarded for their total incompetency with the gift of a high draft pick. If the idea of the draft has failed in numerous NHL cities, but Edmonton is the poster child.

    Savo43
    Savo43


    @CanuckUKinToronto @Savo43 Hopefully we get Komarov back so we can add a Finn to the list. Lol, its a gruelling process though, she aint hooked just yet on the Leafs, just me, but shes pumped about her jersey so at least thats good lolol. The sooner it gets here (ordered it online) the better. Got a Kessel one for myself as well of course. 

    dlb Mad
    dlb Mad

    @Murph2417

    no, it does not burn down and they don't forfit anything.  they are haunted and the mood is so depressing the will of the franchise is crushed beyond any redemption.  they never recover.  they become the laughing stock of the world.  in a final flight of desperation, their fans try to flock to Ottawa and Vancouver and they are denied at the gate and ridiculed by the Sens and Canucks fans mercilessly.  Rob F'n Ford pokes fun at the Habs franchise on his new, new radio show.  George changes his last name to Strombone2 and TSN folds like a lawnchair.

    dlb Mad
    dlb Mad

    @Murph2417

    no, the building stands.  and the franchise is haunted by the memory.

    peterbleafs
    peterbleafs

    @Xxxxxnew If you go 5 years with a top 5 pick in each year, the franchise must be put up for sale.  Highest bidder gets it.

    Leafs rule
    Leafs rule

    @Xxxxxnewn how many years in a row you get a top 5 pick.   yea un fucin believale NHL 

    Xxxxxnew
    Xxxxxnew

    It might be to difficult mathematically but I'd like to see a cap on how many years in a row you get a top 5 pick.