Leo’s Back: Maple Leafs sign Komarov to 4-year, $11.8 million contract

Leo’s Back: Maple Leafs sign Komarov to 4-year, $11.8 million contract

It’s hard not to get excited about the return of a fan favorite like Leo Komarov.

Whether it was perceived or real, fans certainly felt he was a big piece of what made the team harder to play against in his short stay during the lockout-shortened year.

He came in at a steeper price tag than expected at $2.95 million per season, given his nine points in 45 games in his limited sample of NHL games.

Komarov always has been more of an offensive player in the KHL, where he’s been around a .60PPG player for Dynamo. Perhaps there’s more to give here considering 45 games isn’t a tonne of time to get acclimated to a new League. He has a good shot and loves getting his nose dirty, but has pretty limited hands.

Komarov’s ability to kill penalties (can also take draws capably) should help provide multi-situation value during his time here. One of their key penalty killers, UFA Jay McClement, appears to not be coming back.

Komarov’s natural fit appears to be as a third line winger but he might be versatile enough to move onto the wing of Kadri and Lupul and bring that consistent, chippy forechecking presence to a scoring line.

The haul so far for Dave Nonis and co. is Matt Frattin, Stephane Robidas and Leo Komarov. Leafs management will still be looking to find a checking line center today, one imagines.

Welcome back Leo.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
454 comments
NotSince67
NotSince67

So you let Kuli walk and you gave Leo his overpaid cap hit? *facepalm*

Murph2417
Murph2417

I missed everything, who all did we sign?! I see Komarov !!! :) Frattin too? Robidas as well, anyone else?

Welder24
Welder24

Imagine that.  Thornton, Stastny, Spezza, Lecavalier, Gorges, just to name a few...none of them wanted to come to Toronto.  Why is that do you think?

TheLoovTrain
TheLoovTrain

FORWARDS
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m)
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Radim Vrbata ($3.500m)
Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Peter Holland ($1.000m) / Matt Frattin ($1.000m)
Carter Ashton ($0.851m) / Marcel Goc ($2.000m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m)
Sam Carrick ($0.632m) / Greg McKegg ($0.660m)
DEFENSEMEN
Jake Gardiner ($2.900m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m)
Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.000m)
Andrew MacWilliam ($0.875m) / Roman Polak ($2.750m)
Petter Granberg ($0.800m)
GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
James Reimer ($1.600m)
BUYOUTS
Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)
Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m)
Tim Gleason ($0.833m)
RETAINED SALARIES (0.29% of upper limit)
Carl Gunnarsson ($0.200m—6.35%)
BONUS OVERAGE
$450,000
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,644,667; BONUSES: $1,372,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $2,355,333

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

OMG cant watch TSN right now. Steve Simmons is such a cock stain.

Kouba
Kouba

Hunwick to NYR for 600k, he should go to Europe, he would flourish there

 Don Cherry
Don Cherry

something better be in the works as it stands now the Leafs are a weaker team than before

Omac13
Omac13

so i guess the leafs pushed back their presser thinking they had something in the works but its fallen through is my guess

Jordan29
Jordan29

Man what wuill Boston do to meet the cap, they are fucked 

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

All is going according to plan to draft mcdavid next summer. The Leafs brass continue to do nothing to improve the team. I love Komarov but 3 mil for a 9 point forward? Ugh we have a clarkson already. Glad Bolland took off to florida. Don't like the deal to replace D'amigo with Frattin either. 

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@Murph2417 


Komarov - 2.95m x 4 years

Robidas - 3m x 3 years

Frattin for D'Amigo, Conditional 7th.

jimmyg65
jimmyg65

@Welder24 Leafs weren't, and shouldn't have been, in on any of those guys except for Gorges (meh) and Stasny, who wanted to play in St Louis because that's where he's from

DJGLENN22
DJGLENN22

@Welder24 because of guys like you..........just a simple pain in the @$#  hater.................go to bed and step away from computer 

Bruffins
Bruffins

@ShiftyD

what? Thought he forced a trade and said he would only play for LA?

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@wiski didnt the sabres do this a few years ago. A ton of money on building their team of UFAs, didn't work out last time.

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@darthNihilus he might be overpaid by 500,000 right now, but every multi year contract is overpaid in the first season. Next year it'll be the equivalent of a 2M contract or less

Omac13
Omac13

@darthNihilus we are not bad enough to draft mcdavid, kessel jvr phaneuf beriner kadri rilley gards are all to good to alow us to draft mcdavid

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@darthNihilus Surprisingly you're a minority here today. Most people are quite happy about Nonis's work today and with a few more adds we are looking pretty decent.

DJGLENN22
DJGLENN22

@Tim Horton @wiski think with all these guys signing there...........McDavid will be going somewhere else..........ya these guys are not superstars but I think good enough too win and stay out of the bottom 5

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@RandomScrub @darthNihilus I know I am in the minority. I do not see neither Polak nor Robidas as much an improvement. Komarov I wanted back but not at that price. We remain deceptively weak at forward especially with 2 way play and stupidly weak at center.