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.
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.
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