Maple Leafs Notes: Komarov, Gunnarsson, Leafs RFAs, UFAs and Free Agent Fits

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Maple Leafs RFA winger Leo Komarov: “Won’t hide it – I’ve held negotiations with Dynamo [KHL], but I’m waiting for an offer from Toronto.”
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson made $1.35 million last season and will be a RFA.

    “The ball is in their court right now, so they got to get it moving,” Gunnarsson says of the Leafs, who have seven unrestricted and seven restricted free agents to figure out this summer. “The four years I’ve had here have been great. We’ll see what they want from me next year. I haven’t thought about what I want.”

    Gunnarsson will meet with agent this week and go over their plan.

  • Jeff Simmons of SportsNet: The Leafs have a current projected cap room of $19,495,833 according to They have to decide if they want to re-sign UFA Tyler Bozak, and if so, how much do they want to commit to him. They need to re-sign RFAs Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson. Kadri could be a tough sign.

    UFAs: Clarke MacArthur future as a Leaf is up in the air after a disappointing regular season. Colton Orr showed improvement this season. Tim Connolly is gone. Ryan Hamilton could return with the Marlies. The Leafs will likely look for an upgrade on Ryan O’Bryne. Mike Kostka could be back as an No. 7 option.

    RFAs: Joe Colborne is still a project but could be an eventual Bozak fill-in. Leo Komarov is a nice bottom-six piece. Frazer McLaren is a Carlyle favorite but easily replaced. Reliable Carl Gunnarsson should be back. Mark Fraser performed well but future unclear.

    Free Agent Fits: Devils right winger David Clarkson would give the Leafs some size in their top-six. If the Leafs don’t re-sign Bozak, Mike Ribeiro could be a nice fit between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Defenseman Rob Scuderi would bring the Leafs blueline some toughness and experience.


  1. Jeff

    May 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

    1) Should have kept Mike Brown, given Komorov uncertainty.
    2) That Cap Figure could be much higher with buyouts.

  2. bri

    May 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Stupid Burke made a big mistake not trading Grabovski and McArthur last season for first round picks. Then signing Grabo to $5.5 mil 5 year contract was another stupid Burke move. Oh and not signing Bozak to a contract extension last summer was another stupid Burke move.

  3. Chris

    May 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Kadri and Franson are priority #1. They’re two guys who will be here in five years and are only going to get better. MacArthur, Gunnarson, O’Byrne and even Bozak are replacable long term. Since this team is young, it makes sense to make decisions for the long run rather than simply for one season. Imagine if Burke had refused to re-sign Grabovski instead of signing him because there wasn’t a better option on the market. The Leafs would likely have a good prospec tin teh system and 5.5 mil of cap space to sigh Kadri AND Franson with.

  4. leafFan420

    May 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    imagine if grabo played on the first line, and not the 3rd and 4th for what ever reason, no doubt he gets more points then bozak

  5. Leaf_Fan

    May 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    yeah i never understood why grabo isnt with kessel and lupul, hes a lot better than bozak

  6. leafsfan (905) 420

    May 23, 2013 at 12:11 am

    He had to if done something to piss carlye off , kinda wss obvious when he used dion in a shootout witbout using grabo btw im #4 two dirffremt names on my phonr and computer

  7. Chris

    May 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Grabo was the Leafs 2nd line centre for most of the year. He got a lot of ice time in the playoffs, did nothing with it and was a -10. Grabovski is not a #1 centre. Neither is Bozak. Kadri played 3rd line minutes and got first line points. It didn’t matter who Kadri played with; he made them better which is why Kadri has the potential to be that #1 centre if he can get his faceoffs in order. At 22 he’s only going to get better. Buying out Komisarek and Grabovski could free up 10 mil in Cap space though i have to think there is a market for Grabovski. With the right coach for his style (ie. Ron Wilson type system), he’s a good #2 50 point centre.

  8. Chris

    May 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I look at it this way. If the Leafs bought out Grabovski and Komisarek they could easilya fford to re-sign Franson and Kadri AND take a good run at Clarkson. Would you trade Grabovski and Komisarek for Clarkson? I would and this would be a similar scenario.

  9. LeafsFan(905)420

    May 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    kadri was the number two center most of the year tyler being the first grabo kept switching between 3rd and 4th, not saying kadri didnt deserve it but how are you gonna get points playing between orr and maclaren

  10. LeafsFan(905)420

    May 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    also no way they buy out grabo, maybe komisarek, they shoulda done the roberto trade bought him out and resigneed him, doubt he was lying when he said his contract sucked and he wished he could tare it up

  11. I_am_I

    May 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    @#10 Do you mean the rumored Scrivens and 2 2nd round picks? I’m of 2 minds on that. I really like Luongo as a goalie, but bringing him in messes with the cap structure unless Vancouver keeps $$$ which they can’t afford to ( have you seen their capgeek Page?). Also if you buy out a player you cannot signed them or trade for them for a full year.

  12. leafsfan (905) 420

    May 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I was and did not know that^^

  13. I_am_I

    May 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I’m not surprised… But you know who does know? Vancouver fans :-)