Mike Komisarek: Forgotten Man, Or Integral Part Of Leafs defense?

June 16th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Drafted seventh overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Mike Komisarek was expected to be that prototypical shut-down defense-man with a bit of a mean streak who competes at a terrific level.

Komisarek made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens in 2002-03, playing 21 games, posting one assist, a minus six rating, and 28 penalty minutes.

“Komi”, as Komisarek is nicknamed, had another stint with the Canadiens in 2003-04—a stint which saw him earn four assists in 46 games played.

It wasn’t until the 2004-05 season when Komisarek scored his first NHL goal. During that season, Komisarek scored twice, added four assists and added 116 penalty minutes.

Clearly, Komisarek was never going to be an offensive threat in the NHL, but his gritty play and compete level were enough to earn him a regular spot with the Canadiens, playing a total of 223 games over the next three seasons.

In the summer of 2008-09, with the Canadiens making major roster changes, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke outbid the Canadiens for the services of Komisarek, signing him to a five-year $22.5 millio ...

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