Burke gets his man in Komisarek

Mike Zeisberger, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

Just call them the Bay St. Bullies.

Practising what he preaches, general manager Brian Burke added sandpaper to his roster on the first day of free agency including physical defenceman Mike Komisarek.

Komisarek, 26, signed a reported four-year, $22.5 million US deal with Toronto. The 27-year-old had two goals and nine assists and an even rating in 66 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, while leading the Habs in both hits (191) and blocked shots (207).

Taken seventh overall by the Habs in the 2001 NHL entry draft, Komisarek, a native of West Islip, NY, has 12 goals and 46 assists in 361 career games for the Canadiens.

There will be room on the Maple Leafs blue line, too, after Toronto shipped veteran Pavel Kubina to the Atlanta Thrashers earlier in the day. The Leafs received defenceman Garnet Exelby and winger Colin Stuart in return, while Atlanta also gets the rights to forward Tim Stapleton.

In Komisarek, Exelby and enforcer Colton Orr, who signed a four-year, $4 million US deal earlier in the day, the Leafs have certainly beefed up today.

Just like Burke predicted they would.


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