May 26 2014 09:57PM
It's playoff time, so Leafs talk is scarce. Let's all take a moment to chuckle at that in a somber manner, sigh, pause for a moment, and tuck all that anguish deep down inside until it resurfaces as an ulcer.
Anyway, the buzz of the day appears to be the seemingly likely possibility that Leo Komarov will return to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As a Komarov fan myself, I'm tickled pink by the idea of Leo's return. What's the likelihood of it though?
Leo Komarov's agent is in T.O. for draft combine. Says client will play in NHL and looking for long-term deal. Leafs still No 1 choice.— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) May 26, 2014
Well that's an encouraging tweet if I ever saw one! Sounds like a done de- oh wait there's more.
To everyone saying they want the Leafs to re-sign Leo Komarov, understand it will cost top-6 money for a bottom-6 forward. Worth it?— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) May 26, 2014
This one made me raise my eyebrow a bit. I highly doubt Traikos would just blindly pull a number out of his butt. I assume he has a rough idea of Komarov's asking price. There are a couple questions I have though:
- What classifies "Top-6 Money? Anything north of $2 million? $3 million? $4 million?
- What will Komarov's role with the Leafs be if he chooses to come back?
The story I was always told about Leo Komarov was this:
- He won the 2012 Gagarin Cup with Dynamo Moscow and he left the KHL to pursue a new challenge by fulfilling his goal of one day playing in the NHL, leaving money on the table in the process.
- He came to North America only to have the lockout delay his goal and was handed a Marlies jersey.
- He briefly went back to the KHL for more money and to play on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
- He came back to North America, suited up for the Leafs, and was a pesky, loveable jerk.
- The cap went down and the Leafs fired money at David Clarkson out of a Wile E. Coyote style cannon so affording Komarov became difficult for the Leafs.
- Komarov wanted to play bigger minutes in the KHL for the 2013-14 season for a better chance at making the Finnish Olympic team, which he was in fact successful in making.