Leafs GM Nonis sounds pessimistic about signing Leo Komarov

Jun 11, 9:42 PM

Ex-Toronto Maple Leafs grinder Leo Komarov is eager to return to the NHL after spending this past season with HC Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. On numerous occasions he's made it abundantly clear that he'd most like to play for the Maple Leafs, though as a restricted free-agent, it's not like he really has much of a choice.

Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis discussed the possibility of signing Komarov this offseason Wednesday, and he didn't sound particularly optimistic.

From Sportsnet's Chris Johnston:

We’ll see. I’d put him down on the list. Leo was good for us, but there’s a dollar figure that makes sense for everybody. The reason he went back to Russia was about money. We would like to have kept him this year, but the dollar figure didn’t make sense.

We’ll have to revisit it. He’s a good person, a good player, but, like there are for all levels of players, there’s a number that makes sense and a number that won’t.

Johnston adds that Komarov made twice as much in the KHL this past season as the Maple Leafs were offering last summer. 

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Jun 21, 10:27 AM

Report: Maple Leafs still talking with free agent Komarov

Jun 21, 10:27 AM

Finnish forward Leo Komarov plans on returning to the NHL in 2014-15 and is set to become a free agent on July 1, and per Craig Custance of ESPN, the 27-year-old remains in talks to return to his former club, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Komarov is believed to be seeking a long-term deal in North America after plying his trade in the KHL last season; he'll likely be leaving some Rubles on the table by leaving Russia's Moscow Dynamo, but appears intent on returning to the center of the hockey universe, if both sides can agree on term and valuation.

In 42 games with Toronto, Komarov has four goals and five assists to his name.

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

May 26, 5:28 PM

Former Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov planning NHL return; Toronto remains top choice

May 26, 5:28 PM

Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov is intent on resuming his NHL career after a one-year stint in the KHL. 

According to Michael Traikos of The National Post, Komarov's agent confirmed the 27-year-old is looking for a long-term deal, and his preference is to return to Toronto, where he registered four goals and five assists in 42 games during the lockout shortened 2013 regular season.

Komarov appeared in 52 games for the KHL's Moscow Dynamo this season, scoring 12 goals and adding 22 assists. Most recently, he played for his native Finland at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, contributing a goal and two assists in ten games en route to a silver medal.

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Sep 22, 1:34 PM

Leo Komarov hopes for NHL return

Sep 22, 1:34 PM

Former Toronto Maple Leafs winger and Finnish national Leonid Komarov is currently plying his trade for Dynamo Moscow of the KHL. He's eyeing an NHL return as soon as next season, however, according to reports out of Finland:

In 42 NHL games with Toronto last season, Komarov contributed nine points while consistently frustrating opponents with a grinding physical style.