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Report: Leafs’ Komarov in negotiations with KHL club

Leo Komarov; Jim O'Brien

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Leo Komarov, left, is knocked into the boards by Ottawa Senators’ Jim O’Brien during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


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

On R-Sport: #MapleLeafs center Leo Komarov is in talks with Dynamo Moscow in the #KHL, but expects a new offer from Toronto. #NHL#hockey

— 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.