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from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Every morning for the final month of 2014, Leo Komarov woke up and hoped he simply didn't have a headache.
That was life with a concussion for the Maple Leafs' 27-year-old winger. He called it a "weird feeling", this existence of being not quite awful, but never quite right, either. There were the small headaches that became sporadic throughout the day. There was the newfound sensitivity to lights and movement. It was strange, though not completely unfamiliar.
"It wasn't fun," said Komarov on the first day of 2015, feeling better in recent weeks. "I could do everything I'm used to doing, it's just something wasn't right."
This was not the first concussion for Komarov. He had two "small ones" in the past, he says. One time, he was even knocked out on the ice, but well enough, apparently, to play the next day.
The Leafs took no such chances, though. Operating under a new climate of increased sensitivity to head injuries in hockey (and pro sports), they held Komarov out for 14 games. He was allowed to skate four days after he was first clipped by Alex Ovechkin, didn't feel quite right after and was kept on relative rest for the next couple weeks.
from the CP at TSN,
Leo Komarov took an elbow to the head from Alex Ovechkin early in the first minute of the third period and did not return.
Carlyle was asked if Komarov went through concussion protocol following the hit.
"Well he didn't feel good so that's what we did," said Carlyle. "We held him out and he's going to be having further evaluation. He seems fine now, but they all seem to be fine."
As for the hit, Carlyle said, "I thought it was kind of 'oops I hit you on purpose'."
In the same game, this happened too...
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Hamilton Spectator,
Leo Komarov will be one of the new kids in town around the American Hockey League this season and it shouldn’t take him too long to get noticed.
The new Toronto Marlies forward has selected sweater No. 87 — a bold move given that Sidney Crosby was the only player in either the AHL or NHL to wear it last season. An agitator on the ice, Komarov is bound to hear about his number from opponents.
“I don’t really care,” he said Thursday after the Marlies opened training camp. “It’s my choice and it’s my number. I wouldn’t take 99, but it doesn’t really matter if you’ve got 87 or 10 or something like that. It’s like whatever, dude.”
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
It’s an intriguing scenario for the Leafs. Drafted in the sixth round in 2006 by former GM John Ferguson Jr., Komarov has taken major strides over the last few years and was a key member of the Dynamo Moscow team that recently won the KHL championship.
His Russian contract has one year remaining and reportedly includes an out clause that can be enacted after the world championship wraps up later this month. He won’t be able to sign with Toronto until that happens.
“I’ve got a year in Dynamo left so I don’t know if they will let me go,” said Komarov. “It’s my agent’s work.”
Naturally, the Leafs are taking a wait-and-see approach to the situation.
They own Komarov’s North American rights and will only have to give him an entry-level contract, which allows them to move him freely between the NHL and American Hockey League. Leafs GM Brian Burke believes Komarov can play in the NHL and scouts have the five-foot-10 winger projected as a checking-line player in the mould of Jarkko Ruutu.
Check out a highlight video of Komarov below…