Mike Komisarek: The Highest Paid No.6 Defenceman In The NHL

October 8th, 2010 by Cale Loney Leave a reply »
Mike Komisarek gave the Toronto Maple Leafs something to worry about, as the Leafs got off to a great start this season by avoiding a losing streak comparable to last year's horrible start.

In last year's season opener Komisarek had 15 minutes in penalties and was generally fairly undisciplined. This year Komisarek avoided the temptation of the sin bin and managed to record an assist in a 3 - 2 victory over his former team.

The problem? Komisarek had the fewest minutes on ice by a Leafs' defensemen, playing only 12 minutes and eight seconds.

When Leafs General Manager Brian Burke first signed Komisarek, a hard-hitting, stay at home defenceman, it was a steal. I thought it must have been in the range of say, $3 million a year for three years. 

Surprisingly, Komasarek signed a $22 million deal over five years for a cap hit of $4,500,000 a year.

Coming off the second worst season of his career (the first being his rookie season), Komisarek wasn't a candidate for a big payout. However, Brian Burke has shown before that he knows how to build a rugged and truculent team—he will be fine.

Enter year two of f ...

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