Here's why the Maple Leafs unloaded Pavel Kubina. That cleared some salary and allowed them to sign former Canadiens blueliner Mike Komisarek. The deal is for five years and has a cap hit of $4.5 per season.
Komisarek appeared in 66 games last season and scored 11 points (two goals, nine assists).
EN Says: Komisarek is a very physical defender who fits into Brian Burke's blueprint very well. He can be a little undisciplined, but something tells us coach Ron Wilson will be able to address that.
The cap number is a little high for our tastes. $4.5 million is a lot for a guy who has limited offensive ability and we wouldn't exactly describe Komisarek as a shutdown defender.
The first Maple Leafs-Canadiens game of next season should be really interesting.
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