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AHL Toronto loans Leo Komarov to KHL

Mike Blunden, Leo Komarov

Hamilton Bulldogs’ Mike Blunden fights for control of the puck with Toronto Marlies’ Leo Komarov during first-period AHL hockey game action in Hamilton, Ontario, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Hamilton Spectator, Kaz Novak) ONLINE OUT


Things haven’t played out quite the way recent Maple Leafs signing Leo Komarov wanted.

When he came over from Europe this summer, it was to try out for the NHL and give the Leafs a bit more snarl for their third or fourth lines. Thanks to the lockout, he started the season in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies but now the team is loaning him to Dynamo Moscow in the KHL.

Komarov was picked by the Leafs in the sixth round of the 2006 draft but played in Finland and Russia before coming over to North America this season.

It’s expected that when/if the NHL gets a CBA done and there’s a season to be played this year, Komarov will return to try and win a spot with the Leafs. In 14 games with the Marlies, Komarov had six goals and three assists. Not too bad.