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Posts Tagged Leo Komarov
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will have a $5.4 million salary and cap hit. He can’t sign an extension until after July 5th, and Koshan thinks the Leafs would foolish to not extend him. Kessel’s agent indicated that he wants to remain with the Leafs.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis will have some offseason questions to consider. Do the Leafs look to extend Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer. Kessel could look for upwards of $7 million a season. Can the Leafs even ask their captain to take a pay cut from his $6.4 million salary? Reimer would be due for a big raise from his $1.8 million salary if he’s a No. 1 goalie.
The Leafs UFA list includes: Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur, Colton Orr, Ryan O’Byrne and Mike Kostka. Bozak could be looking for Mikhail Grabovski-type money. MacArthur didn’t have good regular season and the Leafs are deep on the wings. Orr will likely be back. O’Bryne will likely be gone. Kostka’s play declined as the season went on, but could be brought back for depth.
The Leafs RFA list includes: Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Leo Komarov, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin, Carl Gunnarsson and Mark Fraser. The Leafs could play hardball with Kadri in attempt to keep his salary low. Franson led the Leafs defenseman in scoring. The others are likely to be back. Frattin could be MacArthur’s replacement on the third line. Colborne appears to be ready for the next step.
Compliance Buyout Possibilities: Mikhail Grabovski, Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles. Komisarek may be no-brainer, freeing up his $4.5 million cap hit. Liles has 3 years at $3.875 million a season. Grabovski has 4 years left at $5.5 million a season. Nonis may look to trade both Liles and Grabovski.
- Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: Berger thinks the Leafs should save the money on Tyler Bozak, give Joe Colborne Bozak’s spot, and sign David Clarkson or make a trade.
“Colborne has enviable skill,” an Eastern Conference scout told me this week. “If he can bring his emotional game to a similar level – even half the time – Leafs won’t have to worry about a No. 1 center. From what I hear, they like the kid, and I think he’s worthy of a long look in the NHL. There aren’t going to be a lot of centers with decent price-points on the market in July.”
UFA center options are not that young: Patrick Elias (37), Andy MacDonald (35), Nik Antropov (35) and Mike Ribeiro (33). Stephen Weiss and Derek Roy are 30, and will want more money.
The Leafs and Devils could talk about Clarkson before July 5th about obtaining his rights to discuss a long-term deal before he hit the open market.
- Ian Mendes: Thomas Vanek missed his 5th game last night with an upper-body injury.
- Hockey Central: Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day and wouldn’t use the work “concussion.” James Mirtle: Lupul won’t play tonight. Mark Masters: Carlyle on concussion concerns, ’No, that’s a bad word. We don’t use that word until we’re 100% sure.’
- Maple Leafs: The Leafs are expected to have Clarke MacArthur and Leo Komarov back in the lineup tonight.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid may return to practice from his shoulder strain next week. The injury occurred on March 11th and it was thought that he could miss up to 6 weeks.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Defenseman Kris Letang skated on his own yesterday. (He’s getting close to returning)
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Philadelphia Flyers on NHL.com: Flyers Max Talbot is out indefinitely with a broken leg.
- Arthur Staple: The Islanders have put defenseman Joe Finley on the IR retroactive to March 22nd.
- Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will travel with the Senators. There is no timetable, but it’s sounding like he could return this week.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa “could play” on Thursday according to Joel Quenneville. Sharp said that he hasn’t been approached to move to center when he returns to the lineup.
- Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Clarke MacArthur and Leo Komarov will be re-evaluated today and hopeful that they will be cleared for contact soon.
- Chris Nichols: The Avalanche put Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny on the IR.
- Michael Smith: The Hurricanes activate Dan Ellis from the IR.
From twitter unless noted otherwise
- Josh Yohe: Evgeni Malkin sounds like he’ll be playing tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins: Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury are game-time decisions. Tomas Vokoun will start.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma expects to keep Kunitz, Crosby and Dupuis together.
- Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Leo Komarov out skating this morning. He was expected to be out 7-10 days, been 7 days now.
- Jonas Siegel: Clarke MacArthur (upper-body) didn’t skate this morning and appears that he won’t be in the Leafs lineup tonight.
- Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that John-Michael Liles is available and they could go with 7 defenseman.
- Brent Wallace: Senators coach Paul MacLean doesn’t foresee Craig Anderson on Saturday, but he will travel with the team on their road trip.
- John Glennon: Predators Paul Gaustad is “getting very close” according to Barry Trotz.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski looks to be back in the lineup after a 14 game absence.
- Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin; Laich-Ribeiro-Brouwer; Chimera-Perreault-Ward; Hendricks-Beagle-Wolski.
- David Alter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
- George Richards: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers.
- Gene Principe: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers.
- Jeff Rimer: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
- Mark Lazerus: Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks.
Quick Hits: Boucher fired, waivers, Komarov, Stafford, DeKeyser, Scouting the Devils-Panthers and Avs-Stars
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Lightning have fired head coach Guy Boucher. Erik Erlendsson via twitter: The top two early candidates could be Lindy Ruff and Jon Cooper. Jim Matheson via twitter: Ruff is owed a bunch of money from the Sabres, hearing about $2 million. If they were to hire him, would have to work that out.
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: The Rangers put Stu Bickel on waivers yesterday.
- David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs put Leo Komarov on the IR. Leafs have room to call someone up if they want.
- John Vogl via twitter: The Sabres made Drew Stafford a healthy scratch last night.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater thinks the Avalanche will make an offer to Dan DeKeyser.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: At the Wild-Sharks game were Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Director of Player Personal Chris Pryor. Kurz also notes that there is a college tourney going on in Minnesota in the last couple of days as well.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: At the Devils-Panthers game: Wild, Canucks, Blackhawks, Stars, Ducks, Flames, Hurricanes, Canadiens, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Blues, Capitals, Sharks, Predators, Blue Jackets and Panthers.
- Adrian Dater via sulia: Eastern Conference scouts at the Avalanche-Stars game: Lightning, Maple Leafs and Senators.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Zach Kassian didn’t travel with the team as he re-injured his back earlier in the week.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning Anders Lindback was put on the IR and will be out a minimum of seven days.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs Leo Komarov left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith left last night’s game after the 2nd period.
Quick Hits: Ekman-Larsson, Leafs, Scouting Flyers-Devils, Ryder, Grigorenko, Allen, Giguere and Luongo
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Oliver Ekman-Larsson signed a 6 year, $33 million contract extension with the Coyotes, a $5.5 million salary cap hit.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: Korbinian Holzer, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov are the only Maple Leafs that do not have to clear waivers. The team has a “gentleman’s agreement” that Komarov won’t be sent to the AHL. Not an issue right now, but if/when the Leafs recall Jake Gardiner, they have only two options (aside from a trade).
- Adam Kimelman via twitter: On the scouts seating chart for the Flyers-Devils game: Canadiens, Blackhawks, Stars, Red Wings, Flames and Capitals.
- John Bartlett via twitter: Canadiens Michael Ryder will miss their game against the Devils with a lower-body injury.
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: The Sabres have sent Mikhail Grigorenko back to the QMJHL.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Jake Allen will start in net for the Blues.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: J.S. Giguere is scheduled to start for the Avalanche tonight against the Wild.
- Brad Ziemer via twitter: Roberto Luongo is expected to start for the Canucks.
Blues notes … Avalanche got Burned … Scouting the Flyers, Blues-Hawks, Bruins-Sens … Leafs Will Need to Make Roster Moves
- Andy Strickland of TrueHockey: A Blues trade of Kevin Shattenkirk for Daniel Briere makes zero sense for the Blues. Shattenkirk will eventually sign a contract extension with Blues. They talked before the lockout and will resume talks at some point, which could be after the season. He has arbitration rights and will get something north of $3 million a year. Comparables for the 22-year old would be Cam Fowler, Tyler Myers, Victor Hedman, John Carlson and Luke Schenn. The Blues could be looking for depth on the blueline, with the Maple Leafs, Jets, Coyotes and Sharks possibly looking to move a defenseman or two. The Blues can take on some salary.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: After matching the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet, the Avalanche will now have nearly $58 million tied into next seasons salary cap. That won’t leave them much room for UFA’s under the $64.3 million cap ceiling. They won’t be able to trade O’Reilly until Feb. 28th, 2014. After next season, they’ll have to deal with the expiring contracts of Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog. Stastny would be a UFA.
What the Flames did today, essentially, was potentially blow out the Avs’ salary structure in the next couple years. The Avs let the Flames set the market for O’Reilly’s value – and they had to swallow their pride and accept it because gambling that they’d get a lottery pick with the Flames’ first-round pick this year was too poor a prospect. How awful would it have been for this team if they’d not only let O’Reilly go to Calgary, but then gotten a worse draft pick maybe thanks to his helping them out the rest of the year in the standings? It would have been a humiliating blow.
And today was humiliating enough for Avs management. They clearly gambled that nobody would break the offer sheet code that most teams live by – especially in the year after a lockout – and that they would be able to dictate to O’Reilly what his market value would be, not the other way around. Well, guess what? They lost that bet.
- Elliott Pap via twitter: The Canucks said that they did not tender an offer sheet to O’Reilly.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Oilers president Kevin Lowe, Sr. VP Craig MacTavish and Eastern scout Marey Gare took in the Flyers game on Wednesday. The Oilers are believed to be looking to move Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger downplays their presence at the game as they are scouting for Team Canada before going to sports analytics conference in Boston.
- Lou Korac via twitter: Scouting the Blues-Blackhawks: Rangers, Predators, Avalanche, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Jets, Lightning, Hurricanes, Canadiens and Canucks.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Western Conference teams scouting the Bruins-Senators game.
- David Alter of Sportsnet: The Maple Leafs will need to figure out who they’ll send down to the Marlies when Matt Frattin returns, which may happen any day now. Only Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and Korbinian Holzer don’t need to clear waivers, but all are playing big roles. If it’s a forward, David Steckel is the likeliest choice. John-Michael Liles has been a healthy scratch lately. Mike Komisarek has only played in four games and has s $4.5 million salary cap hit. The Leafs could send Frattin down to the Marlies on a conditioning stint. Joffrey Lupul could be back soon as well, so another decision will have to be made.
Giroux to see specialist … McDonagh returns … Foster fractures collarbone … Halak and Komarov heading to KHL
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers Claude Giroux is leaving Germany and heading to Atlanta to be examined by Dr. Ted Carrick. Carrick treated Sidney Crosby when he had his concussion. Carrick is a “chiropractic neurologist.” Giroux injured his neck last Friday while playing for Eisbaren Berlin in the German Elite League. Giroux’s agent, Pat Brisson, said it was just a “precaution” and they “don’t believe it’s serious.” His German team said he’d be flying home on Wednesday, but Giroux said he wouldn’t returning until next week. Giroux suffered a concussion last year, missing only four games.
- Andrey Osadchenko via twitter: Rangers Ryan McDonagh is leaving Barys until the international break in December. He’s leaving for family reason and to recover from an injury. Steve Zipay via twitter: McDonagh’s injury is not serious, just bumps and bruises.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Kurtis Foster reportedly fractured his collarbone today.
- Chris Nichols via twitter: Jaroslav Halak will sign with Spartak Moscow of the KHL.
The end for Selanne? Toews finally over concussion … Komarov going back to KHL … Lombardi talks Richards, Carter trades
- Jonathan Davis via twitter: Teemu Selanne told Davis that if there is no NHL season this year, he’s likely played his last NHL game.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews wasn’t fully over his concussion when he played in the playoffs last year. It wasn’t until late last week that Toews felt he was completely over his concussion. He missed the final 2 months of the regular season, but came back for the Blackhawks playoff series against Coyotes. When he returned, he was symptom free and passed the NHL concussion protocols. He was still being bothered by balance and eyesight issues, but were discovered and solved by a chiropractic neurology facility.
“Even if you don’t feel something and you think you’re symptom-free, there’s probably still something there that’s kind of hindering you and affecting the way your brain works,” Toews told the Tribune on Wednesday. “It was just a lot of eye-movement things. My eyes didn’t track very well. They didn’t look from one target to the next very well. My balance with my eyes closed and my head turned a certain way was terrible. (There were) little things that I would think were normal because I didn’t feel something in my head.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Maple Leafs prospect Leo Komarov will be leaving the AHL Marlies and heading back to the KHL. Darren Dreger via twitter: Komarov wants to play for the Maple Leafs when the lockout ends. Jonas Siegel via twitter: The wheels are in motion of Komarov to join Moscow Dynamo. His 1 year contract did allow have a provision to return. Komarov and the Leafs are working to ensure he’s able to return to North America if the lockout ends.
“One of the big things is I think Leo wants to make sure that if he does leave that he can come back if the lockout ends,” said Eakins, noting a similar sentiment from the organization’s perspective.
“No matter what happens, this kid is a good prospect, he’s worked hard to get where he’s at for a shot at the NHL. And that’s his end-game. For Leo, this is about playing in the NHL, that’s what he wants to do and I think he’s going to push for a job if it ever does start back up.”
Komarov was drawing a $62,500 AHL salary.
“It’s maybe that whole thing about I want to try and see if I can make it,” Komarov explained back in early October. “If not, then I’m going to live with it. But if I will stay in KHL, yeah it’s good money, it’s nice to be there, but then when I’m 40, [my kids] are going to ask me ‘Why didn’t you play in the NHL?’”
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Matt Frattin hasn’t been cleared to play yet, waiting for medical clearance, and could return this weekend.
- Aaron Portzine via twitter: Blue Jackets Jared Boll will join TuTo of Finland’s 2nd division, contract is being finalized.
- Sportsnet: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Carter and Richards trades.
- TSN: Brent Sutter on the Oilers coaching vacancy:
“I know him really well. But I have not had one conversation with the Oilers. We never discussed this (coaching) once over there (Helsinki at the worlds). No contact with the Oilers since I’ve been home either. They may be interested, they may not. Kevin and Steve know where I’m at.”
- Dustin Leed via twitter: Flyers may look to address their defense this offseason, as age and injury problems are increasing.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks weren’t thrilled with Patrick Kane’s partying episodes in Madison, which some suggesting he get some help.
“He’s obviously got some issues,” the source said. “How many more times can these things happen? It’s a much bigger thing than some photographs in a 48-hour window.”
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs could look at signing veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun or possibly trading for Roberto Luongo.
“It’s certainly nothing we can discuss publicly,” said Burke, emerging from the league’s general managers’ meeting. “We’re trying to evaluate what we have and what we can get and go from there.”
Burke on recently signed 25 year old Leo Komarov:
“He’s a pain in the ass,” said Burke, who signed the winger this week. “He’s really hard to play against. He’s big and he skates and makes life miserable for people. My kind of guy.”
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins could get interest from the Oilers and Capitals.
Torres hearing on Thursday … Semin not back with Caps? Vokoun done with Caps … Bigger list for Nash … KHL after Grigorenko
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Coyotes Raffi Torres suspension appeal will be heard Thursday morning.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: According to Alexander Semin’s agent Mark Gandler, he has no intentions of re-signing with the Capitals and will become a UFA on July 1st.
“It was good while it lasted. With the lack of playoff success, with the direction they are going. They decided to change directions. That’s within their rights. Alex doesn’t fit into that system obviously,” Gandler told ESPN the Magazine. “It just doesn’t make any sense to him. He plays, he did the best he could under the circumstances and he earned his right to be a free agent.”
Semin would prefer to remain in the NHL rather than heading to the KHL. He would also like to get an expanded role, which includes penalty killing. He averaged 16:47 minutes per game this year, his lowest since his rookie year.
“I think the issue is with the organization, not necessarily with the coach,” Gandler said. “They told us Alex is not going to play short-handed, he’s not going to play in the last minute. He’s going to get the same icetime as everybody else … Alex is not ready to be a role player. He wants to be a full-time player. It’s important to him.”
Semin made $6.7 million last season.
“I don’t know what the market (for him) is going to be,” Gandler said. “I know there aren’t many players like Alex around.”
- Greg Brady via twitter: A scout told Brady at the trade deadline that GM George McPhee was pleading with other teams to trade for Alexander Semin.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Tomas Vokoun doesn’t have a deal in place with Lokomotiv of the KHL. He prefers to stay in the NHL. Chuck Gormley via twiiter: Vokoun said he never planned on playing with the Capitals for more than a year.
- The Fourth Period: A source told TFP that Rick Nash and his agent recently reviewed his contract with the Blue Jackets and could have an expanded list of teams he’d accept a trade too. The Sharks, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Canucks, Kings and Bruins had interest in Nash at some point this season.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Russian sources say that CSKA could make a big play for Mikhail Grigorenko. If true, it could hurt his draft stock.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Leo Komarov will join the Maple Leafs this summer. Gus Katsaros via twitter: At this point, Komarov would be a Marlies player.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings winger Simon Gagne has been cleared for contact but is long ways from playing. He remains in LA. He’s a long shot for returning this yeare.