Leo Komarov Appears Set to Leave Toronto Maple Leafs

By Andy Schmidt
Leo Komarov
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

You could point at any number of moves that the Toronto Maple Leafs could make before next season gets underway. There has been talk about several different players being moved or let go in one fashion or another. It sounds like the team is going to lose Leo Komarov no matter what though, and it appears as if he is going to sign back in Russia which would leave a hole in the Toronto front line.

Komarov had four goals and five assists this season for the Maple Leafs and earned $850,000. It is always possible that these reports are out there so Komarov can get a better deal from Toronto, but I don’t see that as the case here. He has played for the Maple Leafs for a number of years now, and maybe he just wants to go back to the team he played for earlier in his career. There is nothing wrong if that is the case.

Toronto needs to think about what they want to do otherwise to improve on this year’s results. I’m sure there could be a player or two released because of the compliance clause, and that would leave the door open for a lot of different things. I would have to think that the name Phil Kessel will come up in a trade talk or two, but the team needs to be adding and not subtracting. It will be a very interesting offseason for the Maple Leafs as they decide which direction they are going to take the team over the next few years.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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