Leo Komarov loaned to KHL club

Cam Charron
November 20 2012 09:56AM

Last week it was reported that the most ethnically ambiguous Toronto Maple Leaf Leo Komarov was going to jump ship in the AHL and head back to his KHL club. This isn't a huge surprise, as our Russian friend Andrey translated some quotes over the summer pertaining to Komarov, he was willing to leave Canada if he didn't have an NHL job by November.

As it happened, November came and Komarov, for reasons outside his own ability doesn't have an NHL job. It's not so much taking his ball and going home, as Komarov was careful to craft a contract that would allow him to return to North America and play in the NHL if the labour situation was to resolve itself.

From the Toronto Maple Leafs:

The Toronto Marlies announced Tuesday forward Leo Komarov has been loaned to Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). As per club policy, terms of the agreement will not be released.

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Assessing Morgan Rielly's Subway Series performance

Cam Charron
November 19 2012 02:24PM

I got to catch Morgan Rielly play a couple of games last week, Wednesday and Thursday games as part of Team WHL against Team Russia in the Subway Super Series. I talked to him briefly after the Thursday contest, but, like many hockey players, he's not particularly talkative and conversations don't fall into debates about hockey theory like they sometimes do with coaches at that level.

So the best way to analyze Rielly is to count up what he did. This was my first chance to see him live, and I was going to concentrate on him and track his performance. I'm not a particularly trained scout, and the best thing I could do was track team puck-possession metrics when Rielly was on the ice, i.e.: tally up all the goals, saved shots, blocked shots and missed shots, as well as scoring chances.

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Nazem Kadri had a good weekend: Fancystats

Cam Charron
November 19 2012 11:20AM

This is going to be the hockey statistical equivalent of calling the pocket after I've sunk the 8-ball, but not having been in Toronto for the last month, I didn't quite get that Nazem Kadri's point production was actually a major storyline.

If I've got this right, through the first 11 games of Kadri's season, he had only managed one goal and seven points. That was before this weekend's games, where he put up a goal and six assists in three weekend games against Hamilton twice and Abbotsford. 

Even worse, stripping all the games before November 10, Kadri had just three assists in nine games. Not the stuff of "former first round pick" material, but I looked into it a little bit further today.

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Leafs Prospect Update: November 18th, 2012

Justin Fisher
November 19 2012 03:08AM

Morgan Rielly’s season just keeps going downhill. 

With only 2 points in his past 7 games, the Leafs’ greatest beacon-of-hope faced further humiliation this past week. First, news surfaced that Rielly’s bobblehead release date would be pushed back “due to complications with the manufacturer.”

Now, video footage from the Subway Super Series shows Moose Jaw teammate Sam Fioretti making some disparaging (and censored) remarks about Rielly’s Movember muzzy. Leave your 'PG' guess as to what Sam Fioretti actually said to Rielly in the comments section below.

Moving on - It’s good to see that Nazem Kadri has woken up.

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KHL Highlights: Ovie OT Hero, Loko tops Grabo, and Malkin is a fairly decent player

Steve Dangle
November 18 2012 11:44PM

Here for your entertainment, ladies and gents, are highlights from five KHL games. If you're skeptical about the KHL, watch the highlights from the CSKA Moscow-Lokomotiv game and the Dynamo Moscow-Dinamo Minsk game, because those were damn good games. 

Enjoy!

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