Latest on the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Jets – May 22, 2013.

The Leafs could face a bidding war this summer for David Clarkson, the best option to replace Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov talking to KHL team, possible targets for the Oilers, and Alex Burmistrov wants out of Winnipeg.

Could Leo Komarov bolt for the KHL?

Could Leo Komarov bolt for the KHL?

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons recently the Maple Leafs might have to jostle with about 20 other teams for David Clarkson if the Devils forward tests this summer’s UFA market.  Simmons also noted Clarkson’s agent also represents Leafs Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. Speaking of Bozak, if the Leafs fail to re-sign him, Simmons believes Florida’s Stephen Weiss would be the best replacement.

SPORTSNET: Luke Fox reports Maple Leafs RFA blueliner Carl Gunnarsson hasn’t thought much about his strategy heading to the negotiating table, saying the ball is in the Leafs court right now. Gunnarsson earned $1.35 million this season.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a tweet from Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov on Leafs free agent forward Leo Komarov, who acknowledged he’s in negotiations with his former KHL team Dynamo Moscow, but is expecting a new offer from the Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like Clarkson, Weiss would attract considerable interest if he hits the UFA market. That’s not to suggest the Leafs couldn’t land either guy, but just because they’re Ontario boys doesn’t mean the Leafs automatically have the advantage.  Gunnarsson’s stock dropped this season and there’s been talk of the Leafs shopping him this summer. As for Komarov, it’s not unusual for Russian players to talk contract with KHL teams whilst in negotiations with their NHL teams. It’s a leverage move, one anyone in their position would use.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson recently responded to his readers’ emails regarding possible moves by the Oilers. Matheson reminds folks a bought out player cannot be re-signed by his former team for one calendar year after the buyout. He doubts the Oilers would have interest in 39-year-old Sergei Gonchar, who apparently wants to stay in Ottawa. He also doubts the Oilers have interest in promoting Jonathan Cheechoo to their lineup. He doesn’t see the Avalanche parting with Matt Duchene, and believes the Oilers could use Boston’s Nathan Horton, despite his injury history, but noted other clubs will also have interest in Horton. He’d also like the Oilers to take a run at dealing for Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, noting the Blue Jackets need wingers.

David Staples noted the decline of Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff, but doubts the Oilers buy him out this summer, believing they’ll give Horcoff one more season, depending of course on what’s available on the free agent market this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Gonchar is willing to accept a one-year salary for less money, the Sens might be willing to keep him. Cheechoo, sadly, is no longer an effective NHL player. The Avs aren’t parting with Duchene, and I think Horton would prefer sticking in the Eastern Conference if he becomes a UFA. Unless the Oilers are willing to part with Nail Yakupov or Taylor Hall, I don’t believe the Blue Jackets would part with Tyutin. As for Horcoff, as Staples noted, a buyout or trade this summer could depend upon their cap space. I doubt there’s much of a trade market for Horcoff, unless the Oilers are willing to pick up part of his salary.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless cited two league sources claiming Jets RFA forward Alexander Burmistrov has no intention of re-signing with the Jets and wants to move on. “The Jets attempted to trade Burmistrov and reportedly had discussions with the Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders at the deadline”, writes Lawless. “The names Jakob Silfverberg, Drew Stafford and Kyle Okposo have all been attached to Burmistrov trade rumours.” Burmistrov’s agent, Mark Gandler, declined to comment, other than to say his client has no plans to sign with a KHL team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I suggested earlier this year Burmistrov could become a trade chip for the Jets, as he’s struggled to crack the lineup on a regular basis. Forget about landing Silfverberg or Okposo, but if the Jets want to take Drew Stafford off the Sabres hands, GM Darcy Regier could accept Burmistrov in return.

28 Comments

  1. Bye bye Leo and Carl…..Dont let the door hit ya on the way out there are better much cheaper options to fill the spots of a fourth line winger and third paring D-man and on any teams that would advance past the first round that’s what these guys are….

    • No and no… Carl played injured almost all season long and Leo with 4g 5a from a 4th liner energy player that only had 18 mins in penalties and drew 100x more by getting under their skin isn’t as easy to find. Not all players can be superstar goal scorers for fanboys to fawn over. Both these players know and understand as well as execute their roles quite successfully…both players can be moved and are not untouchable but to get rid of them just because they are up for renewal is just plain d-u-m dumb.

      PS Simmons is still an idiot.

      • Agreed on the Stevie Simmonds partand agreed that its not Komarovs role to score (but some touch around the net would be nice) but Im sick of hearing how good Gunnarson could be even if he was hurt he looked close to terrible some nights other nights not so much terrible as mediocre in noway is he worth 2- 3 mill a year let alone more than thathe is at bes a number 4 guy and Im not so sure about that, yayayaya Komarov is fiesty and all the rest but again there are tonnes of guys around that are capable of taking his spot some might even be able to net you some goals if he is looking for 2 mill or more go play for Moscow and let D’amigo or Ashton take his spot…Its not that these guys are not effective NHL ers its the cost of keeping them and looking at the bigger picture a guy who can play top 2 D mins on D and size up front Gunnarson cant and has proved it more than this just this year and Komarov besides fun to watch banging around the ice has no hands no speed or size they have to get better and deeper or it will just be status quo next year…

      • I’m Not just giving them up because it’s contract time, its giving them up to upgrade and to save some money on the cap, in Gunnarsons case he could be more valuable as a trade piece then he will be down the road as a defenceman for the leafs maybe as a part of a package deal to unload a bad contract (like Grabo) or perhaps packaged properly to bring in something that is in more demand like a bigger center that can win some draws….

      • Komarov isn’t going anywhere, as Spector noted it’s just a ploy to try and get more from the Leafs. He’ll settle for $1.5M or so, and if he doesn’t like it, then he has to go and play for a 2nd grade league for more $.
        Gunnarson however will not get much a of a raise and may be shipped out, along with Liles (Edmonton perhaps?) I’m sure the Leafs are willing to look for a stay at home D-man in UFA and permanently promote Kostka and Fraser.
        Liles & Gunnarson to Edmonton for Gagner would look good to me. Edmonton gets an affordable puck-moving d-man in Liles, and an all-around decent 2nd d-man in Gunner in exchange for a centre they won’t be able to re-sign anyhow. Toronto get’s their 1st line centre and can then let Bozak walk and pony up the cash to re-sign Gagner next year.

        • I also have my doubts about Kostka returning…..

  2. Burmistrov for Stafford? Just show Darcy where to sign.

    • amen brother

  3. Agree with Ron,

    If Komorov gets stupid looking for anything over 1.4 million per year for 1 or 2 years they will have to pass on him, but otherwise he was an integral part of the new Leafs identity of being hard to play against. After one season the only leverage he has is to entertain the KHL. Brad Ross is supposed to come into that kind of role but he is not there yet.

    As for Gunnarsson, until the Leafs can replace him with a steady and reliable enough player who can cover for Dion for the most part when he goes goofy, they should hang on to him. Injured or not I would keep him over Lyles or O’Byrne anyday. I think more than a few teams would find him a great pickup in a trade.

    • I am sure many teams would like Gunnarson, he provides depth but not as a top 2 or 3 guy…if we go giving all the rfas or UFAs raises it will eat in to the cap and leave less flexibility to make deals or sign better UFAs. Franson deserves a raise and I’m keeping him 10 out of 10 times over Gunnarson so unless you get rid of Dion your D is eating up a pretty good chunk of change, you get rid of Gunnarson and look for another stud D man (Scuderri, maybe a Shatenkirk?)to play with Dion. That leaves Franson Gardner possibly Fraser and someone like Holzer possibly Blacker challenging for a spot. Liles is bought out if you can pawn off Grabo and that ridiculous contract….

      • Komarov is probably looking for 1.5 – 2 mill since he made 1 this year and again he is a fourth line guy you could call up 2 or 3 Marlies that could replace him in a pinch saving a few bucks to put towards something that is in much more need then the fourth line energy guy and possibly the guy replacing him could provide a goal or 2 for that line with him and Orr on the wings virtually means a shift with zero chance to score, they need some more depth past 2 scoring lines that don’t check and 2 checking lines that can’t score or provide pressure in the offensive zone, it was a problem all year super highlighted by game 7….

      • Please explain how you think the Leafs are going to be able to land Shattenkirk? He is an RFA and the Leafs would have to part with a significant piece to land him, thats IF the Blues would trade him which I highly doubt they would. As for Scuderi, look for the Kings to try and re-sign him and Regehr as it sounds like Mitchell may be done.

        • To say they couldn’t put together an offer for an rfa that St.Louis may part with anyway is laughable a package for a younger rfa would not be out of the realm of possibilities and at some point this little thing called the cap might be a factor in who the kings can resign…not saying that these are the players that the leafs will target just saying they are the types of players that would fit with the team and address more of a need instead of giving all the rfas a raise and keeping essentially the same roster of this team that to a point played over expectations and got knocked out of the first round and embarrassed in game 7 by a much bigger deeper contender in Boston. It dosent make sence to keep this team the same and to spend closer to the cap limiting your options when clearly they were not good enough, at some point they have to get better and deeper and it might be time to use a prospect or 2 possibly a draft pick and the money the have available to add to what many would say is a pretty good roster of core parts just not deep enough.

          • With 13 mill in cap room and only a dozen or so guys actually signed for next year the Kings will have to make some decisions about who they are going to keep with the talent they have in rfas guys like Regehr and Scuderri would almost have to take a pay cut to play there they have only 3 D signed for nearly 14 mill math says they can’t afford all of em at the same rate they are getting paid now and give raises to guy like Ellerby Voynov Martinez ect…..tough decisions for the Kings

  4. It’ll be pretty hard to get the Blue Jackets to trade Tyutin. While, yes, their depth is a strong defense corps with several “up and comers”, Toots has been the quiet backbone of that defense. The offer would have to be pretty impressive. More likely available is Nikki Nikitin.

  5. I have always been a little iffy when it comes to Gunnarsson. Some nights he looks like he could be a really good two-way d-man, but on most nights when he has no offense he looks just average in his own zone. So he was hurting this year, well he looked just the same as years past, at least to me. If he is going to be a stay at home d-man then he will have to learn how not to get bumped off the puck and get outmuscled. To me he is no more than a 5th defenseman. He will be a great piece to move with someone else.
    Komorov is a little shit disturber, too bad he doesn’t have the hands of Marchand. I like him but if a marlie can play the same roll then he can walk if his demands are out to lunch. Not sure he is very loyal either as he seems ready to fly home on the drop of a hat. How many years did it take to convince him to come over.
    As for the oilers I think they should concentrate on developing there own prospects. Obviuosly they are but always talk about this free-agent or that free-agent coming to Edmonton but it very, very rarely happens. Edmonton still remains a destination most players wouldn’t even consider(thanks Mrs. Pronger) because of the crappy overall weather and the fact that most sidewalks get rolled up at mid-night. Sure Schultz signed there but it was only because he had ex-oilers convincing him its were he should go.
    I may be wrong but I don’t blame Burmistrov for wanting out. I believe the jets screwed up early on with him. They should have kept him in the minors for another year before bringing him up, they expected way to much from him from the start. Burmistrov probably could have been a little more patient as well.

    • As for the oilers I think they should concentrate on developing there own prospects. Obviuosly they are but always talk about this free-agent or that free-agent coming to Edmonton but it very, very rarely happens. Edmonton still remains a destination most players wouldn’t even consider(thanks Mrs. Pronger) because of the crappy overall weather and the fact that most sidewalks get rolled up at mid-night. Sure Schultz signed there but it was only because he had ex-oilers convincing him its were he should go.

      SHUT UP

      • Further to that aggressive shut up ,just shut up about J shultz being coxed by Ex oilers to sign there ,it was Ralph Kruger that did.Also he wanted play that why signed with the team.

        OKEY ,PITS IS A NOT THE BEST PLACE TO PLAY EITHER AND THEY ARE ABLE TI GET UFA.ALSO LET REMEMBER THE OILERS HAVE SIGNED UFA BEFORE NOT JUST SCHULTZ.OKEY SO SHUT UP.

        • Touchy, touchy, touchy. I live in Edmonton Mr. shut-up. Keep your eyes open cause you never know I might be just around the corner and then you can shit your pants right in front of me.

  6. Jets have the pieces we’d want….how about Bobby Ryan, Luca Sbisa, Sheldon Souray for Alex Burmistrov, Zach Bogosian, and 1st round pick?

    • Hahaha I would laugh at the Ducks if they did that trade. Bobby Ryan alone should land that package.

      • What? Boby Ryan may get your Bagosian….maybe, but no he would not land a top 10 pick Bagosian and a prospect who still might work out to be a top line guy (badly mishandled by the jets) give your head a shake….

  7. Komarov is liked by both Carlyle and his teammates and he draws 5-6x as many penalties as he takes.That works for me. I don’t imagine he would be offered much more that 1.5-1.75million per season over a 2-3 year deal but I think he wants to stay so likely something will get worked out.

    Gunnarsson may very well be traded. The idea of the Leafs signing Clarkson and/or Stephen Weiss sound good on paper and maybe both would agree to come here but the numbers that will be thrown at both of them would be staggering should both become UFA’s. Could get ugly. Bozak has Kessel chemistry and face off draws in his corner but after that, his value weakens so what he’s worth is very subjective.

    • gah Komarov might be liked and yes he draws penalties and hits but to say after 1 year you are going to pay him more then other guys around the league that do the same job and have been doing it for sometime now is insane…I like Komarov but do I think he is worth more then Clutterbuck, Jodi Shelly, Zack Rinaldo, Tanner Glass, Maxim Lapeirre the list goes on and on he is a fourth line energy guy who draws penalties the cap is going down these type players are the ones that it will hurt facts are facts Kmarov is not worth anywhere near 3 mil over 2 seasons or more… if thats what he is looking for then he should probably go to Moscow there will be lots of other guys to take his spot for less

      • I didn’t say I was going to pay Komarov anything. I just said that he is liked by his coach, Gm and team mates and may or may not be offered more than 1.5 million per season over 2 years. Yes there are others out there, but whether or not they want to come to Toronto or not for whatever numbers they likely would command is entirely a different matter.

        I personally don’t think he’s worth too much more than what he already got last season with was $885k; up to 1.2 in bonuses; but I”m uncertain whether or not they were signing related, performance related or both.

        As for the KHL, they would likely pay him far more money than he could get here but its not the NHL either and yet Komarov has yet to establish a solid reputation yet in the NHL but he’s working on it.

        Remember, its not just about who’s available; but how much money they want; and do they want to come and play for your coach in your city. The Leafs are working out improving that regard around the league but whether this year is enough to prove to free agents or not that the team is on the rise or not remains to be seen.

        • Notsaying to go after a ufa forth liner saying there are a few guys on the Marlies that may be ready to make a jump next year lime a couple did this year and could possibly fit the role of fourth liner and play 8-10 mins a game for less then 3or 4 mill for 2years…paying Komarov any more then what he makes now is a mistake…1 shortened season should not equal a raise for a fourth line energy guy just because he did his job and checked people and drew some penalties…lol

  8. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted but here goes;
    After watching what I call the great collapse of 2013 I would say that the Leafs aren’t very far away from being a serious contender in the league. Not an elite power but a team that can make a good bit of noise and contend for the cup.
    A top pairing D man; Phaneuf is HORRIBLE. The guy makes bad decision after bad decision on the ice and actually cost them many goals in this playoffs. He was -6 in 7 games playing against the Bruins, and not alwyas against their top line. If you have a guy like him on your roster; a big risk/big reward type player they do not play in your top pairing. they are a 4-6 guy.
    Quality 3rd line players: Bozak did a fine job as a the number 1 center this eyar. He didn’t put up huge numbers but he got the job done and was good on the draw. He’s not an elite center but he’s capable of doing the job and works well with Kessel and crew. Kadri seems to have come from nowhere to appear as a good number 2 center. He’s got creativity and talent beyond his years, he just needs to be more defensivly aware and get the puck deep from time to time. Grabovski is a train wreck. The guy’s a good hockey player as we’ve seen in the past but he’s not 5.5m a year good. In the playoffs he was horrible. The guy was off in la la land and not playing under the true team system that Randy put in place. Grabo was -10 in the playoffs. How do you go -10 in 7 games when you’re not playing a high scoring team? Kuli was -9 being on a line with Grabo. Kuli actually played a system though. It’s pretty hard to win when you’re 3rd line center is a guy who’s just skatting all over the place and not playing a system.
    Mcclement was by far the Leafs best team defensive player through the year and was an amazing addition to their roster. The guy can play and do his job really well. Komorov is a great 4th line player who can do his job very well and should be kept on at about 1.2m a year.

    The thing you have to look at for the Leafs is the same thing that has come up time and time again witht he cap world. Kuli and Macarthur are 3rd line players or 2nd on a weak team. If the leafs want their team to become an elite talent they need another guy for their top 6 who can get the job done and better 3rd line grinder/depth guys to make up a line that will pound the other team to a pulp. Grabo has to go at that contract a

  9. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted but here goes;
    After watching what I call the great collapse of 2013 I would say that the Leafs aren’t very far away from being a serious contender in the league. Not an elite power but a team that can make a good bit of noise and contend for the cup.
    A top pairing D man; Phaneuf is HORRIBLE. The guy makes bad decision after bad decision on the ice and actually cost them many goals in this playoffs. He was -6 in 7 games playing against the Bruins, and not alwyas against their top line. If you have a guy like him on your roster; a big risk/big reward type player they do not play in your top pairing. they are a 4-6 guy.
    Quality 3rd line players: Bozak did a fine job as a the number 1 center this eyar. He didn’t put up huge numbers but he got the job done and was good on the draw. He’s not an elite center but he’s capable of doing the job and works well with Kessel and crew. Kadri seems to have come from nowhere to appear as a good number 2 center. He’s got creativity and talent beyond his years, he just needs to be more defensivly aware and get the puck deep from time to time. Grabovski is a train wreck. The guy’s a good hockey player as we’ve seen in the past but he’s not 5.5m a year good. In the playoffs he was horrible. The guy was off in la la land and not playing under the true team system that Randy put in place. Grabo was -10 in the playoffs. How do you go -10 in 7 games when you’re not playing a high scoring team? Kuli was -9 being on a line with Grabo. Kuli actually played a system though. It’s pretty hard to win when you’re 3rd line center is a guy who’s just skatting all over the place and not playing a system.
    Mcclement was by far the Leafs best team defensive player through the year and was an amazing addition to their roster. The guy can play and do his job really well. Komorov is a great 4th line player who can do his job very well and should be kept on at about 1.2m a year.

    The thing you have to look at for the Leafs is the same thing that has come up time and time again witht he cap world. Kuli and Macarthur are 3rd line players or 2nd on a weak team. If the leafs want their team to become an elite talent they need another guy for their top 6 who can get the job done and better 3rd line grinder/depth guys to make up a line that will pound the other team to a pulp. Grabo has to go at that contract and the Leafs need a good solid few players who can execute the systems and work like dogs. A top pairing shut down Dman wouldn’t hurt either but they aren’t exactly everywhere. JML is best suited for another team. His term in Toronto has seemingly come to an end and he will be replaced quickly by an up and comming Morgan Riley who will be a threat to make the big club next year.