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Petri Kontiola

Report: Kontiola joins KHL club Lokomotiv

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After spending roughly $500,000 to buy himself out of his contract in the KHL during the summer, forward Petri Kontiola is headed back to the Russian league according to a report.

Kontiola signed a one-year $1.1 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer.

However, Kontiola struggled at Leafs camp and was sent to the American Hockey League.

“We felt that he had a good start to camp,” said Leafs coach Randy Carlyle at the time of Kontiola’s assignment. “But once the pace of the camp, and the exhibition games got up there, that he wasn’t up to speed.”

While with the AHL’s Marlies, Kontiola joked, “I’ve got to make that money at some point” when asked if he had any regrets buying himself out of his KHL deal.

Kontiola, 30, was held pointless in 11 AHL games to go along with a minus-4 rating.

Last week the native of Seinajoki, Finland was placed on waivers by the Leafs with the purpose of terminating his contract.

Originally a Chicago Blackhawks seventh-round pick (196th overall) in 2004, Kontiola has appeared in 12 career NHL games all with the Blackhawks registering five assists.

Kontiola: ‘I’ve got to make that money at some point’

Petri Kontiola

For those who don’t remember Petri Kontiola, he’s the Finnish forward, who bought himself out of the final year of his contract, to return to the NHL.

It sounded like a good plan on paper. Kontiola, 30, spent roughly $500,000 of his own money to leave the KHL and sign a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

However, injuries he was battling throughout the summer forced the Leafs to assign him to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.

“There are always things that players have to adjust to,” Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told reporters last week following Kontola’s assignment. “We felt that he had a good start to camp, but once the pace of the camp, and the exhibition games got up there, that he wasn’t up to speed.

“He has been dealing with some injuries over the course of the last three months, he has some issues in that area, but we’re not in a position here to wait, we have to move forward.”

Originally a seventh-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004, Kontiola appeared in just 12 games for the Blackhawks during the 2007-08 season registering five assists.

Much of his first tour in North America was spent in the AHL with both the Rockford IceHogs and the Iowa Chops. Kontiola packed up and headed for the KHL following the 2008-09 season, but once again has the desire to play in North America and the NHL.

“That’s my goal,” he said of the NHL, despite starting the season Saturday in the AHL.

Kontiola also dispelled rumors he considered returning to Europe after things didn’t workout with the Leafs.

“I’m here right now, and I just want to get up there,” he said in regards to moving up to the NHL.

Kontiola also cleared up any health concerns saying, “I had something during the summer, but it’s all gone now and I’m ready to go.”

As for Carlyle’s comments about him not being up to speed at Leafs camp, Kontiola said, “I had my own reasons there. But I think I’m ready to play right now and just trying to work on my game.”

He joked, “I’ve got to make that money at some point” when asked whether he had any regrets buying out the final year of his deal in the KHL, but given his age and the money spent, there was likely quite a bit of truth there.

Though being so close to the NHL, affiliated with the Leafs, Kontiola appears quite far from being recalled by Toronto.

Toronto is deep at the forward position. Both Carter Ashton and Josh Leivo were healthy scratches for the season opener on Wednesday and Toronto acquired Richard Panik off waivers from Tampa Bay on Thursday.

PHT Morning Skate: Leo Komarov shows off piano skills

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov is back in the NHL after spending last season with Dynamo in the KHL. Apparently he picked up some new off-ice skills while overseas. Komarov showed off his hands behind the piano this weekend. (via Petri Kontiola)

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie explains the origins of corsi in his new book Hockey Confidential. (TSN)

Bruins’ beat writer Amalie Benjamin explored the handedness inside the Boston locker room over the weekend and offered up an insightful piece. Despite selling more left handed sticks in Canada and Europe, they sell more right handed sticks in the US. According to an industry expert, the split is somewhere from 60-65 percent left handed around the world, and 60-65 percent right handed in the US. (The Boston Globe)

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller is paying a little more attention to the voices of his new teammates so not to have a repeat performance of what happened after he was dealt from the Buffalo Sabres to the St. Louis Blues last season. (The Vancouver Sun)

As the LA Kings look to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in 2014-14, their biggest offseason acquisition is someone you will see or hear very little from. (The Hockey News)

New York Times reporter John Branch chronicles the downfall of enforcer Derek Boogaard in his new book Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard due out this week. (The Globe and Mail)