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.
I missed everything, who all did we sign?! I see Komarov !!! :) Frattin too? Robidas as well, anyone else?
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?
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)
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)
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
James Reimer ($1.600m)
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%)
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): $2,355,333
so i guess the leafs pushed back their presser thinking they had something in the works but its fallen through is my guess
All is going according to plan to draft mcdavid next summer. The Leafs brass continue to do nothing to improve the team. I love Komarov but 3 mil for a 9 point forward? Ugh we have a clarkson already. Glad Bolland took off to florida. Don't like the deal to replace D'amigo with Frattin either.
@NotSince67 would take Leo every day over Kulimen. Buh bye Kuli.
Komarov - 2.95m x 4 years
Robidas - 3m x 3 years
Frattin for D'Amigo, Conditional 7th.
@Welder24 Leafs weren't, and shouldn't have been, in on any of those guys except for Gorges (meh) and Stasny, who wanted to play in St Louis because that's where he's from
@Welder24 because of guys like you..........just a simple pain in the @$# hater.................go to bed and step away from computer
@Welder24 Looking at the list, affraid to win I would say
@Welder24 pretty sure we were only in on one georges
@barjv01 Reimer out.
@LeafsForLife I'm tuning in just to see what he says about the Leafs, I know it's going to be ridiculous
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan To Komorov
@ Don Cherry don't understand why people here are cheering the moves thus far.
@dlb Mad Trev Lewis on cheap if hes willing
@Omac13 They just can't dump dion ;)
what? Thought he forced a trade and said he would only play for LA?
@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.
@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
@darthNihilus What does the money matter? Does Komarov improve the team or not?
@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
@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.