NHL Rumors III: Maple Leafs, Komarov and Brodeur

  • Michael Traikos of the National PostLeo Komarov wants to return to the NHL and is looking for a multi-year deal, possibly in the $2 million range he was getting in the KHL. Agent Mark Gandler could be looking to drive up Komarov’s price for the third-fourth liner.

    “I have a feeling that we will be approached by a whole lot of teams,” Gandler told the Post in February. “I think there’s money out there. And they know what they will get out of Leo, so we will get phone calls and yes we will talk to Leafs first, no question about it. We have a good relationship and nothing has changed.”

    A source within the Maple Leafs organization said it’s “50-50” on whether they would bring him back. The Leafs can’t afford to pay him second line money to play on the third line. The same should apply to Dave Bolland. Last year, the Leafs offered Komarov a one year deal at $1.3 million before he signed one year deal at $2 million with Moscow Dynamo.

  • Howard Berger: Was told on Monday night that Leo Komarov will meet with the Maple Leafs and is looking for a multi-year deal.
  • Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: If Leo Komarov is looking for a five year deal, there likely won’t be many teams interested. If he wants a three year deal, there will likely be plenty of interest. Komarov is currently a Group II restricted free agent, but will become unrestricted on July 1st. Komarov would like to come back to Toronto, and negotiations have taken place. He wants to play more than a fourth line role, getting into the top two or three lines, which therefore increases the amount of money he’d want. Berger thinks he could be worth a three year deal at $2.5 million per season.
  • Adam Proteau: Thinks that it makes some sense to have Martin Brodeur as a backup to Jonathan Bernier next year.


  1. Chris

    May 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I’d love Komarov on the 3rd line at 2 mil per year for 3 years. He’d be an effective replacement for Kulemin (who I’d also like to keep but not at his current salary). The Leafs need more Komarovs and Kulemins and less Raymonds and Clarksons. Komarov is tough to play against and the Leafs really missed what he brought. Mason Raymond put up good numbers but the team was soft. Bolland is gone. I don’t think it’s smart to pay a 3rd line centre more than 3 million dollars per season but the Leafs have not proven to me that they’re good at cap management so nothing will surprise me.

  2. ChrisB

    May 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Not sure how Brodeur makes sense. Maybe if guys like Griess or Montoya either re-sign or sign elsewhere, but IMO Brodeur should not be a first choice for a backup at this point in his career. I think he’ll retire before settling for a strictly backup role, which he would be in TO.

  3. Parminder

    May 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    How long till rumors within the wings franchise show up on this site?

  4. hankbemis

    May 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    second that, more wings please. 7 + five = 12