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:

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    “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.
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    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.

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    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
    • Burtonboy

      Sigh !!!!!! Leo would be a big help in many ways

    • Burtonboy

      That said get the fucker signed ASAP Nonis . This is a glue guy. Well liked by fans and team mates alike

    • mr_hanie

      Would have preferred Komarov over Orr anyday.

    • BBirde

      mr_hanie  It’s not even worth comparing the two. If your answer is not Komarov your’e obviously doing it wrong.

    • mr_hanie

      BBirde mr_hanieYou are offending the Orr supporters, Orr is still liked

    • NotBuyingItPal

      Don’t need ’em! We’ve got Orr and McLaren!

      #Grit #Intangibles #Fists #PunchingFists #Manitoba #KickPunches

    • Dink

      I had a groin pull once…..

      I kinna liked it.

    • Jmessih

      Please Nonis resign “Leo the lion-heart Komarov” if one player was the epitome of the Leafs last season and who I want the Leafs to be it was Leo. Plays hard, never gives up, hits everything in sight, gets under players skin, kills penalties, has some skill, is a fan fav, and is loved by his teammates, coaches and management.

    • mr_hanie

      Komarov probably wants a similar salary like the one he is getting from the KHL though…thats a bit of a problem.

    • whalz

      I’d rather pay him 2mil and retain Kuly over Bollands 5mil asking price.

    • mr_hanie

      whalz I think he would want 2.5 at least.

    • wiski

      https://twitter.com/doughertykr https://twitter.com/doughertykr/status/445655976939913216
      Build it and they will come? Arena for future Quebec City NHL team takes shape. To left, old Colisée. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23thegaz&src=hash http://t.co/DJde0Hao0r

    • Burtonboy

      wiski  Miss Marois might have an impact on that .

    • wiski

      Burtonboy wiski  Im voting her out 😉

    • Burtonboy

      wiski Burtonboy  What are the early polls saying ?

    • wiski

      Burtonboy wiski  36% pq 36% lib

    • Burtonboy

      wiski Burtonboy  Long as she doesn’t get a majority

    • whalz

      I’d still take him at 2.5mil and pay kuly 3.5 or so….Bolland is not worth 5mil + and I’d rather fill that 3rd line role with Holland or worst Nonis signs a vet 3rd line centre…we need to resign some key rfas this summer and can’t afford to overpay for a 3rd line centre…

    • wiski

      Burtonboy wiski  Doesn’t look like it, she pissed too many people off, crazy policies reneged on the students, many lost jobs, stopped the liberal north plan, which meant lots of good paying jobs.

    • Pent_House

      If we sign him, I’m going to scoop his jersey asap ….. THE MOSQUITO!

    • Pent_House

      MikeGartner11 Pent_House  I’ve never had a leafs jersey, but a Komarov one would be great for a first

    • sniperstar

      Pent_House  I’ve gotten a lot of Leafs jersey’s just through gifts and the like but Komarov is one of the few players I’d consider paying for myself.

    • sniperstar

      MikeGartner11 Pent_House  I can attest to this as well. My friend ordered a JVR jersey and the Van on his jersey was done improperly. He had people calling him out on it being fake all the time. Pissed him off.

    • Pent_House

      MikeGartner11 Pent_House  Yea I will for sure, probably hit Real Sports and get a stitched one

    • Burtonboy

      Don’t see any reason we couldn’t bring back Leo for around 2 Million and sign all the rest we need to as well.. The cap will likely be around 69 -7o million and I honestly don’t see Reimer returning . Here’s a 22 man roster with everyone signed but Raymond and Reimer and we still have 3.1 mil left 

      CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
      Leafs 2014/15
      FORWARDS
      James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
      Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Nikolai Kulemin ($3.200m) 
      Leo  Komarov ($1.850m) / Dave Bolland ($4.200m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
      Troy Bodie ($0.750m) / Peter Holland ($0.850m) / Carter Ashton ($0.700m) 
      Jerry D’Amigo ($0.700m) / 
      DEFENSEMEN
      Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) 
      Jake Gardiner ($2.000m) / Cody Franson ($2.800m) 
      Tim Gleason ($4.000m) / Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) 
      Paul Ranger ($1.200m) / 
      GOALTENDERS
      Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
      Drew MacIntyre ($0.700m) 
      ——
      CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
      (estimations for 2014-15)
      SALARY CAP: $70,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,744,167; BONUSES: $850,000
      CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $3,255,833

    • sniperstar

      MikeGartner11 Pent_House  Yeah, most definitely. I tell my friends this every year around my birthday just in case they are planning to get me a jersey.

    • Black_Hawk

      Sign this man please, i would cry myself to sleep if i saw him in another NHL teams jersey…..then i would be pissed off we didnt have him through out my days

    • Pent_House

      Burtonboy  Solid roster, I don’t see Reimer back next year same way. I love that 3rd line Komarov – Bolland – Clarkson would be a wicked. I could see Franson getting traded as well.

    • Cameron19

      mr_hanie  It’s doubtful he is expecting to make the same money here. He seems to understand now that the price point difference is made up for by the quality of the league and the facilities and the lifestyle.

    • Burtonboy

      Pent_House Burtonboy  All kinds of possibilities . This is just an example of what we could do with a 70 mil cap

    • Cameron19

      Burtonboy  I have a feeling Komarov will come in closer to what Nonis originally offered him than most are anticipating. He seems so eager to return, I don’t think this was ever really about money. He’s also acknowledged that he’s a 3rd/4th line player in the NHL.

    • Burtonboy

      Cameron19 Burtonboy  I went high intentionally. If he does come back a good guess might be around 1.6 -1.8

    • Pent_House

      Burtonboy Cameron19  I like your 4th line as well. They could do some good work on the fore-check and play 10 minutes a night

    • LeafsForLife

      Would have been a huge addition this year. Leo will be back next year! I am very sure of that! This guy bleeds blue and white. Looking forward to that!

    • Burtonboy

      Pent_House Burtonboy Cameron19  Easily. They are also capable of moving up the roster if need be

    • Pent_House

      Burtonboy Pent_House Cameron19  looking at those numbers we could trade franson and via trade or free agency whatever, we could add a 5-6M dollar d-man.

    • maple1967leafs

      Too bad we dont have new jerseys luck and have the rules changed so he could come over because ,,,well just because

    • Burtonboy

      Pent_House Burtonboy Cameron19  Yep . The big question mark is where the cap lands this yr . Last word from Buttman was it mig go down 1-2 mil due to the dollar. While that hurts its not a killer

    • Burtonboy

      Pent_House Cameron19  We do need to be a little careful though . We have to re-sign Kadri and Bernier the yr after

    • Pent_House

      Burtonboy Pent_House Cameron19  You can still skim some dollars off the roster for example if you don’t sign ranger and replace him with Holzer or MacWilliam. I’m sure the year after the cap will go up again a couple million.

    • Doorman

      Happy Regimental day To all Princess Pats Everywhere!!!!

      2014 = 100th Anniversary!!!

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

      Someone was battling me a few days ago over how Abbott should be playing 4th or even 3rd line mins. 
      About that:
      http://kylethereporter.com/2014/03/17/top-six-or-bust-for-spencer-abbott-and-leafs/

    • wiski

      maple1967leafs  Didn’t Gaborik come back late to nashville one year

    • Doorman

      wiski maple1967leafs  I think that was Radislov (sp)

    • wiski

      Doorman  Happy St Pats to you or as a pub owner I know who calls it amateur night 😉

    • Pent_House

      Doorman  I thought you Irish guys were real drinkers…..none of this excuse to drink stuff

    • wiski

      Doorman wiski maple1967leafs  Ya that’s the guy

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Doorman    
      So you’re sayin it’s a big day for all you Princesses? Congratulations babe.  lol

    • Cameron19

      Burtonboy Cameron19  I know, I’m just saying because some people are talking 2.5-3M, which is insane to me. He’s unproven in this league. No one is going to give him anything like that. I could see the number even being 1.2 – 1.5M.

    • Doorman

      Bobsyouruncle Doorman  Are you still taking the short bus to School!!!  Lol