Mike Komisarek‘s days as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs appears to be coming to an end. Given he’s been a healthy scratch since February 2nd it’s easy to say his tenure with the Leafs is already over, the club just has to find a new home for him and the veteran blueliner is obliging by submitting a list of teams that he’d waive his no trade clause for according to Andy Strickland of TrueHockey.com.
The 31-year old is set to make $4.5 million this season and next and with his no-movement clause the Leafs cannot put him on waivers in hopes of demoting him to the minors.
Interestingly enough, when asked about the reported trade request and the list of teams, Komisarek downplayed the situation, courtesy of TSN.ca.
“I’m not going to be commenting on what someone in St. Louis said so I don’t even know the guy or why he said that,” said Komisarek. “So I know the media types will like to say, ‘A report, an anonymous report,’ I’m curious to see where you guys get your stuff. That’s all I can say at this time.”
Not exactly a confirming statement, but what else was he to say in a situation like this. He’s trying to stay professional and not air his or the Leafs dirty laundry in public.
Komisarek has only suited up in four games for Toronto this season and failed to register a point. John-Michael Liles, another veteran defenceman for the Leafs has also been a healthy scratch for the club and given the surplus of d-men the Leafs have, a trade appears all but imminent.
Teams like the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers are known to be looking for back end help and Toronto is one of a few teams that has an abundance of NHL ready blue liners.