With the news earlier this week that the Toronto Maple Leafs had officially promoted assistant general manager Kyle Dubas to the GM position, Leafs Nation has been abuzz with anticipation of the new GM’s first move. Decisions need to be made on the future of pending free-agents James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov. Does Dubas negotiate with the three veteran players, or does he let them walk for nothing?
Earlier this week TSN analyst and NHL insider Darren Dreger reported that Komarov’s agent Todd Diamond was hopeful that he and Dubas could begin negotiations on a new deal for Komarov in short order.
Leo Komarov’s agent, Todd Diamond is hopeful he and a Leafs GM, Kyle Dubas can meet soon to talk about Komarov’s future with Toronto.
Komarov’s four year, $11.8 million deal expires on July 1st, but given his lack of production from this past season, he’ll be hard pressed to earn a pay raise on the $2.95 million he’s earned each of the past four seasons. Despite nearly hitting 20 goals the past two seasons, Komarov managed just seven goals and 19 points in 2017-18 and dressed for just two of the Leafs’ seven playoff games. Let’s get real… the 31 year old alternate captain isn’t likely to get another contract with the Leafs.
So, where will he end up? Well… there’s always the KHL. Leafs fans were shocked to hear that Komarov is considering taking his game back to Russia. Sure, he may not be an NHL All-Star anymore, but that doesn’t mean that Komarov wouldn’t be a valuable asset to another NHL squad. Just because he’s been pushed out in Toronto doesn’t mean that they isn’t a place for him in the NHL anymore. Surely, someone would take him on, right?
Well… it seems those KHL rumours are just that… rumours. At least according to the KHL’s biggest insider Aivis Kalnins:
There has been a rumour swirling that Leo could be returning to KHL, but I believe there is no truth to that.
Like most things with the KHL, we’ll believe it when we see it.