Minnesota Wild v Toronto Maple Leafs

For the first and only time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs will not take to the ice for one of their traditional Saturday night games, but even without a game today, we have plenty of Maple Leafs news making the rounds.

Mike Komisarek, who hasn’t played since February 2nd against the Bruins, has reportedly issued a list of 12 teams he would accept a trade to.

Komisarek, along with defenseman John-Michael Liles, has been a healthy scratch the last few games, and it now appears he has played his last game for the ‘Blue and White’. The former Montreal Canadien had missed time earlier this year after an apparent temper tandrum, but the real reason for such a demotion has come down to his play on the ice.

Komisarek is by no means the same player the Leafs thought they were getting when they signed him to a five-year free agent contract worth $22.5 million in 2009, which included a limited no-movement clause. After being considered a solid defensive presence on the Montreal blue line, Komisarek never looked comfortable in a Leafs uniform, posting a negative plus / minus rating the last three years. This season, he has appeared in just four games and is due $4.5 million for this season and next.

Under the new CBA, teams can use two compliance buyouts that won’t count against the cap for next season, so unless one of these “12 teams” are truly interested, it appears we will see one of these buyouts used in just under four months.

Comments (11)

  1. Komisarek has not been the same player since the Lucic beat-down.

    • You hit on the nose Darrell. Komisarek separated his shoulder during that fight and he was never the same.
      Lucic refused to fight Laraque earlier in the game. The Canadiens let Laraque go and soon after he was out of the league.
      Lucic destroyed 2 careers in 1 game.

  2. honestly is this some sort of joke, this guy will be playing in the AHL next season if at all.

  3. Please Trade him

  4. I laughed when I read this title. Let us know when there is a report of someone who actually wants Komisarek

  5. One of 2 things will happen:

    1) The Leafs will do a compliance buy out in the summer.

    OR

    2) The Leafs will do a compliance buy out in the summer.

    P,S. Komisarek can’t be sent to the AHL without his consent as per his limited no-movement clause.

  6. His list should include the KHL

  7. I hope that list is long because I can’t see many teams biting. Beggars can’t be choosers.

  8. Weird. I also have a list of teams I would accept a trade to.

  9. Remember they can now pay part of his salary like they did with Lombardi. Hello Phoenix…

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