June 14 2012 08:26AM
Awwww yeah. -Photo from Reuters
When breaking down the Leafs' Player Usage Chart from the 2011-2012 season Rob Vollman observed that: "Toronto certainly is a two-horse blue line (Phaneuf and Gunnarson), and Schenn is certainly the inexplicably weak link on defense - at least Komisarek’s poor results can be partially explained by playing in his own zone far more often than he should have been allowed." Unfortunately we're paying three other player's Top 4 money. This needs to change. The Leafs need to find a Top 4 "shut-down" defenseman on the cheap.
June 13 2012 05:16PM
There were only so few articles in Canadian media written about the Leafs signing Leo Komarov. Most of them didn’t even go deep enough to explain what type of a player Komarov is as they were limited to general information – 25-year-old Finnish energetic winger, born in Estonia, 5’11, 198lbs, 11 goals and 24 points in 46 KHL games this season…
While all of it is true, it doesn’t address his key-feature for which his was glorified in Dynamo Moscow and hated by everyone else outside of the organization. Leo Komarov is let-him-know-you’re-there, Avery-vs-Brodeur type of agitator whose idol is Jarkko Ruutu.
I’ve gathered a few recent quotes about Komarov to give you a better idea of what to expect of him. These quotes appeared throughout May in Sport-Express, Sovetsky Sport, R-Sport, Sportbox.Ru, Allhockey.Ru and NTV-Plus:
June 13 2012 12:33PM
June 13 2012 10:42AM
When Brian Burke speaks, Leafs fans listen. Then we debate what we believe he actually said for at least 48 hours.
June 13 2012 08:24AM
First the Toronto Maple Leafs were shopping Luke Schenn. Then they weren't, and Brian Burke was taking pot shots at Hockey Night in Canada for no particular reason other than Eliotte Friedman reported "rumblings" coming from somewhere.
Schenn still draws discussion about his size, his ferocity (feracity? ferociousness?) and his potential. He was a really good skater and puck mover in junior and those talents have yet to carry over to the NHL. Which brings us to the main question: "Can he PLAY?"
And the answer is "well, maybe."