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
    558 comments
    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

    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.

    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.

    Leafs rule
    Leafs rule

    Wow leafs tv ,Clark,gilmore sittler and gordie on the ice ,Yea go leafs go ,Im not getting anything done again

    Leafbites
    Leafbites

    Just saw the piece about goalie, Gibson, from KTR. That's some serious numbers he has, albeit a small sample size. I believe it was JML raving about this kid when he was with the Marlies. An interesting prospect, for sure.  

    DIGGLER _69
    DIGGLER _69

    I noticed Detroit signed Colin Campbell, a highly touted NCAA free agent. I was hoping Leafs could of signed him somehow. Leafs just have too many useless contracts (i.e. Smithson, Staubitz some others I'm sure) and its keeping them from signing these free agent prospects right now. Zach Mitchell from the Guelph Storm was another I was hoping Leafs could of snagged, but he signed with Minny. Its quit a predicament right now in that aspect.

    Yan28
    Yan28

    JVR - Bozak - Kessel
    Kulemin - Kadri - Lupul
    Komarov - Bolland - Clarkson
    Bodie - Mclement (could be someone else) - David Broll


    Or

    JVR - Bozak - Kessel
    Kulemin - Kadri - Lupul
    Leivo - Bolland - Clarkson
    Komarov - Mclement (could be someone else) - David Broll


    What do you think of that?

    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

    peterbleafs
    peterbleafs

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

    Luke_R
    Luke_R

    @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

    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. 

    4evrblue
    4evrblue

    @Loric76 interesting, he shoots right which is always a bonus. Theres a rumour he is already close to signing with Vancouver. Not sure how accurate that is.

    Yan28
    Yan28

    @Leafbites I check that guy's articles all the time. Tons of interesting info.

    Yan28
    Yan28

    @DIGGLER _69 Agree with Satubitz, the team Marlies roster is already full of guys that can do what he does.

    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

    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.

    DIGGLER _69
    DIGGLER _69

    @Yan28 @DIGGLER _69My philosophy on that is the better quality group of players we have, the one who emerges out of the group will be the best. Even if we had 6 bottom 6 guys on the Marlies, you include 2 players like Mitchell and Campbell, it forces those established players to work harder. When they are up against Smithson or Staubita, its no contest.

    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. 

    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.

    Yan28
    Yan28

    @dlb eh @Yan281 year contract max till our young prospects are ready. He is a good fill in on the 4th line, like the player but he shouldn't be on the 3rd line.