Could Leo Komarov be on his way out of Toronto?
On Tuesday, things appeared to be headed that way — various outlets reported that Komarov was in negotiations to return to KHL club Dynamo Moscow.
#Leafs Komarov: “Won’t hide it – I’ve held negotiations with Dynamo [KHL], but I’m waiting for an offer from Toronto.” (via RIAN)
— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) May 21, 2013
— R-Sport (@rsport_en) May 21, 2013
Komarov, 27, was selected by Toronto at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft but spent extensive time playing in the Finnish and Russian leagues before making his NHL debut this season.
He had an effective campaign for the Leafs, scoring nine points in 42 games while averaging close to 14 minutes per.
He also led all Leafs skaters with 176 hits during the regular season — fifth-most in the NHL — but was less of a factor in the postseason, averaging just over nine minutes a game while going scoreless and dishing out just 22 hits.
Komarov played this season on a one-year, $1.2 million deal.