(Thursday Mashup) Too Much Cash for Komarov? Mutual interest with Dan Boyle?

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Too Much Cash for Komarov?

Obviously, the latter report conveys considerably less optimism when it comes to getting a deal done. Dave Nonis had no scruples about suggesting Komarov’s departure last summer was “about money,” not mentioning role, ice time or the Olympics.

Komarov reportedly made $2 million in the KHL last season, and according to Chris Johnston that was twice the amount the Leafs were willing to pay Leafs Nation’s popular pest.

Komarov posted 9 points in 42 games in the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign. While contracts are awarded based on career body of work, it’s hard not to point out the 11 points David Clarkson put up in 60 games after receiving 525% of the dollars Komarov was offered per annum, plus a lot more term.

One overpayment doesn’t mean Nonis should knowingly commit another, but I’d be finding something in the $1.5-1.9 million range to make sure Komarov is back as a versatile bottom six option on the Leafs next season. That might be a bit rich for Nonis’ tastes.

Leafs interested in Boyle, Boyle interested in Leafs?

Darren Dreger suggested on the radio yesterday that — somewhat surprising if true (one figures Boyle would be Cup hunting) — the Maple Leafs are high on Dan Boyle’s list of potential destinations if he hits UFA (the Islanders will have a couple more weeks here to try to get a deal done having acquired his rights). The interest apparently is mutual.

Sharks fans had begun to turn on Dan Boyle this past season:

[quote_box_center]In his sixth season with the franchise for which he’s the all-time leading scorer among defensemen, Dan Boyle had a disappointing year. He’d probably be the first to tell you that, too, considering what a frank assessment he gave of his play earlier in the season, admitting that he’d likely rushed his return from a concussion. That brain injury, the result of a horrific boarding penalty committed by Blues forward Maxim Lapierre, likely exacerbated the natural age-related decline that was already coming down the pike for the 37-year-old blueliner. Boyle finished the season with 12 goals and 36 points, his lowest output ever in a season where he’s played 70 or more games but his struggles were about more than production; few and far between were the singular rushes, perfect stretch passes and power play brilliance that Boyle’s tenure in teal will forever be associated with.
Fear the Fin[/quote_box_center]

On the positive side of things, Boyle did lead one of the best team’s in the league in time on ice last season, despite a concussion affecting his play, and is a veteran righty who would slot nicely onto the Leafs’ second pairing. He may well find a bit a new lease on life in the more open Eastern Conference gameplay and is a pretty sure bet to break 40-45 points given he suffered from some hard luck last season. Assuming Cody Franson isn’t coming back, Boyle would be a highly-capable powerplay substitute.

With that said, it’s all about price and if it’s worth giving Boyle the two years he wants. Boyle played the softest minutes among the Sharks’ six regular D last season with 52.1% offensive zone starts, a low quality of competition, and he’s turning 38 in a month. We know he wants a two year deal. Leafs management would have believe the aging Boyle has enough game left to come in and help out Phaneuf with some of the toughs in 2014-15 and 2015-16 or else the the cap space is probably better spent elsewhere.

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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]
  • Alec Brownscombe

    Hey guys, we’re going to rejig the organization of the discussion a little bit on here. 

    This is how we want it to work:

    1) If there’s an article posted addressing a specific topic, we want to have only comments relating to an article below the article. It adds value to the content and allows the author the opportunity to read and reply without sifting through 100s of comments that may or may not relate to the article.
    2) If your comment doesn’t have anything to do with an article — if it’s a new link, your own thought, something random – post it in the mashup and we’ll carry on the main conversation here in the mashup threads. That’s what they’re here for.

    Sound good?

  • 4evrblue

    Fuck off NoNo and get Leo back. He’s worth more than points

  • WendelGilmour

    Sounds like a good plan, especially if it promotes discussion with the authors. I’m in.

  • WendelGilmour

    No more than 1.5M for Leo. We can’t have 3/4th liners being overpaid. Most assume Non is cheating out, my money says Leo is asking more than someone in his role deserves. Same principle applies to Kuli, cheap deal or no deal.
    I didn’t realize Boyle had such a poor year after a concussion. No thanks, I’m not much of a believer in the whole change of scenery thing.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Disagree completely. Hes not a pugilist hes a hard working rat who gets under the skins of the opposing players. He is as vital to the team as the 2nd line in my opinion. Why hold out and be hard nosed about this. Nonis saved 1million last year on not giving it to Komarov and giving it to a youngster or Raymond, whoever you feel ultimately replaced Leo in the line up.
    So Nonis in his wisdom felt that our season was worth 1million. Why doesnt every Toronto fan donate a dollar to the Leafs organisation and we just shut up shop and forget about next year.
    In my opinion Komarov is worth somewhere between 2.5 million and 2.8 million. If we dont pay it, someone else will and they will win and we will carry on losing.

  • WendelGilmour

    Komarov is hardly a difference maker. A Marlie could fill that role at half the cost.

  • Wardus

    Alec Brownscombe Great idea!  I’m not a frequent commenter because I don’t like to interrupt conversations, even though I stop in many times a day.  But if the article’s forum is kept to comments on the article, then there will be an opportunity for lurkers like me to post our 2 cents.   Thanks Alec!

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    He’s a blue collar guy and a fan favourite. Fans love a player who wears his heart on his sleeve and puts a real effort in.
    Ill be honest I feel Komarov is a better 3rd line RW than Kadri is a 2nd line center. So yeah I would prefer Komarov over Kadri but naturally I wouldnt exchange a rough cut diamond for a decent enough watch that keeps perfect time. But I dont disregard the fact that I need to get to the office on time.

  • Wardus

    Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs WendelGilmour I agree… if the price is below 3 million, Nonis should get it done.  Komarov brings an element that was lacking last year.  He seems to love being there.  He loves being on the bench and on the ice and it’s contagious.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    look at this way my friend.
    Is Marchand worth his money. He scores on a par with most second liners but certainly not the best. But hes paid slightly over the going rate. Boston accept that the rough and tumble is part of the game. Wouldnt you agree that the money paid for Semin for instance is solely for the fact he can score goals when and if hes bothered, it certainly isnt for his hits and irritation factor. Hes more of an irritant for his home fans. So who would you prefer Marchand the rat or Semin the mouse.
    I think there is a huge lack of respect for hard workers and wind up merchants in hockey and an over play for weaklings and fairies. I mean a guy, an athlete, who cant do a single pull up is being considered as being first overall. What next?