Report: Rangers, Blue Jackets have interest in Leo Komarov


Leo Komarov, seen here with the Toronto Maple Leafs, leaps as a teammate shoots against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Pending unrestricted free agent Leo Komarov isn’t expected to re-sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs but he is reportedly garnering interest from multiple Eastern Conference teams.

According to Columbus Blue Jackets beat reporter Aaron Portzline, both the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have expressed interest in the Finnish forward.

The Rangers have plenty of cap space and a dearth of NHL forwards currently under contract, while the Blue Jackets are looking to strengthen their bottom six as well as their penalty-killing units after finishing with the fifth-worst PK percentage in 2017-18.

Komarov scored seven goals and added 12 assists in 74 games this past season, but was known more for his effective penalty killing and ability to agitate opponents. His expiring contract was a four-year deal he signed in 2014 that paid him an average of $2.95 million per season.

The 31-year-old was selected by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round (180th overall) in 2006 but didn’t make his NHL debut until 2012 after deciding to play three years with Moscow Dynamo in the KHL following three seasons with the Lahti Pelicans in Finland’s top league.

In 327 career NHL regular-season games all spent with the Maple Leafs, Komarov has 122 points and 138 penalty minutes.

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