Term remaining: 2 years
Cap hit: $3 million
Value remaining: $4.5 million ($1 million SB/$3.5 million Salary)
With a bottom-heavy team, Leo Komarov becomes expendable for the New York Islanders. Lou clearly likes Komarov. That’s why he brought him in from Toronto on that four-year $12 million contract with a seven-team no-trade list. Again, Lou clearly likes Leo Komarov.
But what is Leo actually giving the Isles? Honestly. He has 40 points over two seasons and has been a healthy scratch for a good portion of the 2019-20 season.
Leo just isn’t going to be that 30 point player he was for the Maple Leafs when Lou was running the show in Toronto.
Sure, he’s a good guy to have in the room and brings all that intangible stuff we often hear about. But is it worth another $4.5 million dollars over the next two seasons? I don’t think so.
There has to be a way to get those intangibles that Leo Komarov brings to the table for less against the cap. There just has to.
Leo Komarov just isn’t giving the Islanders enough to justify his contract and if Lou can move Johnny Boychuk to a team that needs his cap hit and if he can find a place for Andrew Ladd, then Komarov becomes the obvious third choice in a buyout.