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

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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]
569 comments
NotSince67
NotSince67

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

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

So Nonis flying to Finland?  Guess it was to ensure term and amount - they guy was going to fit and deliver for 4 years?

Murph2417
Murph2417

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

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Thinking Leafs are considering a few more players.  (maybe Brodeur as he is not yet signed).. Leafs still holding Reimer.. and I expect he and Franson both dealt soon

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?

barjv01
barjv01

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

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

any of these centres a fit?

trevor lewis

blair jones

vern fiddler...i'm thinking this guy

colin fraser

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

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 

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@ Don Cherry The game is a two way game?  Leafs always could score.. They couldn't stop shots against or clear their zone or hold leads.. Just got two more than capable defenseman and an agitator who can backcheck. 


Figure it out and realise hockey is on all areas of the ice.. Also, they are not done.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

alternatives are

Roy

Ribeiro

Trevor Smith

and more pricey bottom 6 guys