Toronto Maple Leafs: Mike Komisarek a Nice Guy, Awful Hockey Player

January 20th, 2011 by Ben Dover Leave a reply »
Let me set the scene:Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens, November 20th, 2010. It's the third period. Montreal are leading with 12 minutes of the period remaining. Montreal have 10 seconds remaining on a a power play. The puck is at the blue line with Hamrlik. A soft, innocuous pass along the boards by Hamrlik passes through the stick of Andre Kostitsyn, and Mike Komisarek goes to retrieve it. The time remaining now is just seven seconds.

Now, at this moment in time, I am just another Toronto fan, with an ambivalent attitude towards Mike Komisarek. Sure, he hasn't been a dominant force in the team, but who really has?. His injuries reduced his games to 34 the previous year, and this is only Game 19 of the new season. 

It's what Mike Komisarek does at this junction, that must make Brian Burke feel like his master plan is nothing more than mirage.

Komisarek does what all players know not to do in this situation: He makes a blind, cross ice pass to a completely unmarked Mike Cammalleri, who scores what turns out to be the game-winning goal.

When Mike Komisarek was signed in 2009, Burke was quick to add, "He’s a ...

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