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In the midst of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, perhaps it's a little early to discuss the possibility of the Toronto Maple Leafs splurging in this year's Unrestricted Free Agent crop by acquiring Mike Komisarek. But hey, four consecutive years of missing the post-season will do that, and speculation is always fun, so let's discuss!

Komisarek has been a serviceable defensive defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, no doubt about it. Ever since he completed his first full season with the Canadiens back in the 2005-06 campaign, (first season over 70+ games) Habs fans have been privy to the defensive abilities #8 brings to the ice. While he lacks offensive skills, and his potential in the department is limited, he made it to the NHL because of his defensive play. Komisarek excels specifically in hits and defensive zone coverage. In fact, at the end of the 2007-08 campaign, he led all defensemen with 227 blocked shots, and finished second in hits with 266.

This season, however, many Canadiens fans have criticized the 27 year-old of poor play in his own end, and have questioned whether or not he is worth a contract extension. Living in a household of Canadiens fans, I can say I've seen my fair share of Habs hockey. I've always been a fan of Komisarek's game, and have regarded him as a top defensive defenseman in the NHL during the past few years. Like all defensive defensemen, though, Komisarek is underappreciated and gets little notice around the league (besides Pierre Maguire, that is). However, Komisarek did have a disappointing season, no question. He still led the Canadiens in hits with 191, (ranked 25th overall) but it’s a serious downgrade from his 266 last season. In the blocked shots category, he finished with 207 (ranked 4th overall). He was also ranked 7th overall in giveaways with 89, which is obviously considering for a player of his type. That is 29 more giveaways than he had in 2007-08. It's also worth mentioning that the Canadiens struggled this season, and few players (even Carey Price) struggled to find success, so this could easily be a bump in the road.

All that said, it must be mentioned that he is still young, and defensemen generally take more time to develop. Komisarek's upcoming seasons will be huge in terms of his development as a defensive defenseman in the NHL. He has the potential to be one of the meanest and toughest defensemen, (as mentioned, see stats of 07-08 season) but some hard work is definitely in order. If you ask me, patience would go a long way for Komisarek. He often finds himself in trouble by making rash decisions when under pressure from the opposition. If he could attain a little more poise, it would propel his defensive game to new levels.

Pertaining to the Leafs' off-season plan, I think it would benefit them immensely to sign a player like Komisarek. He's young, and he's got potential; should fit right into Brian Burke's regime. His price tag may be a little high, but considering he struggled this season, it shouldn't be anything near baffling. If he does work out, he'd be a serviceable defenseman once the rebuilding phase is complete. That, and I'm giddy like a school girl thinking about a Luke Schenn - Komisarek pairing on the PK unit.

What do you think?
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May 24, 2009 11:20 PM ET | Delete
Great read, but never going to happen my friend. Komisarek would not leave Montreal to play in Toronto, as he would most likely rather move closer to home (Islanders, Rangers, Devils), or he would go to an immediate contender (wouldn't he look great in Washington next to Green?). Great read, great points, but I'd bet everything that he winds up staying in Montreal or moving closer to home, not in Toronto.
May 24, 2009 11:22 PM ET | Delete
I think it would be nice, sure, but we also have Finger signed to a pretty hefty contract. That would be three defensive dmen we would have pretty high in our depth chart, as you don't want to be paying a guy $4.5 mil to play on our bottom pairing. Plus we also have some serviceable defensive guys like Frogren, Oreskovic and possibly more.I say pass on Komi.
May 24, 2009 11:40 PM ET | Delete
Message Posted Milan Lucic will love to have his favourite punching dummy stay in the division.
May 24, 2009 11:50 PM ET | Delete
May 25, 2009 11:02 AM ET | Delete
I would be pissed if they signed Komisarek. That guy is a douchebag and isn't worth the $5 mil that he will get this summer.
May 25, 2009 12:53 PM ET | Delete
I would only try to sign Komisarek should I deal two of Van Ryn, Kaberle or Kubina. The Leafs have 15m committed to Finger and the aforementioned three. This alone makes it somewhat foolish to commit another 5 to another UFA blueliner. Besides, if I were going to commit big money, long-term to a young-ish UFA defenceman, it would be Bouwmeester.
May 25, 2009 2:26 PM ET | Delete
I finally agree with you A-mar
May 25, 2009 7:18 PM ET | Delete
A-mar,If Kaberle or Kubina is moved, I'd rather a player like Stralman fill in their PP role and have a guy like Komisarek strengthen our defensive coverage -- it is, after all, our weakest position.
May 25, 2009 7:49 PM ET | Delete
I was talking more in a sense of salary cap. In the scenario I presented as acceptable, two of the Leafs current top four would be moved leaving room for Stralman and Komisarek to take prominent roles.
May 25, 2009 7:49 PM ET | Delete
I think it's a bad idea to sign Komisarek, not because he's not a great asset, but because we have too many people in the role he plays already. Schenn, Frogren, Finger, Oreskovic. We don't need another high priced defensive defenceman. We have a depth there. Let's be honest, we need to keep our free agent sights on forwards, whether it's this year or next. The only way I see Burke bringing in big name defencemen, is in trades.
May 26, 2009 12:40 PM ET | Delete
Drock24: yes and no. Yes, defensive-oriented blueliners seem to be an organizational strength right now but Ron is right that our defensive coverage is poor. What that says to me is that we need to either move personnel or focus on teaching a defensive system that the players will stick to. Right now, its more fun to be looking for personnel... but in all likelihood it will be a tighter system fit to the strengths of this group.
May 27, 2009 2:17 AM ET | Delete
I wonder how long Komisarek's own-end play would see Leaf fans McCabe him?
May 27, 2009 1:41 PM ET | Delete
wiat, are you actually only 19 years old?
May 28, 2009 6:58 AM ET | Delete
Top Priority: Get a new job! If you think komisarek is the leafs answer you are a tool. Komisarek is good at getting tossed like a doll by a 20 year old and would be a disgrace to the leaf uniform. He should re-sign in Montreal he suits that team well.
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