Bringing in Leo Komarov was one of the first moves that Lou Lamoriello made. He had an up and down first year with the Islanders that was overshadowed by a boatload of costly penalties in huge spots.
Also, Komarov was playing on the Islanders third line when he is really just a fourth line guy at this point of his career so it was clear he was over his head when it came to just about anything but penalty killing situations.
Uncle Leo had 26 points (6 goals, 20 assists) in 82 games with the Isles this year. My question is, as he heads into his age 33 season, will he be able to give you that kind of production over the next three years?
Over six years his cap number would be $277,778, $2.28 million, $1.78 million, $777,778, $777,778, $777,778. The Islanders would save $2.33 million when it’s all said and done.
I’d be willing to eat the two years at $2.28 million and $1.78 million if it meant a spot for Oliver Wahlstrom or Josh Ho-Sang. Let’s face it, Komarov will be on the third line if he’s still on this team, wouldn’t you rather that spot to go to someone with more offensive upside.
Defensively, the Islanders were fine last year, they need more offensive push and clearing Leo out of the way does just that.
A buyout doesn’t really make sense for anyone else because it’s not cost effective. If the Islanders were to utilize this tool Cal Clutterbuck and Leo Komarov are the most likely candidates.