Komisarek's friends now foes

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

CALEDON -- Yes, Josh Gorges admits, the Montreal Canadiens do miss Mike Komisarek.

At the same time, once the season opener against the Maple Leafs begins tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre, the Habs want to teach the rugged Leafs defenceman that his decision to leave Montreal was a poor one.

"He's going to be jacked up at the chance to play us the same as we are to play him," Gorges said yesterday. "We want to go out there and show him that he should have stayed with us, that we're a good team.

"We want to win as bad as he does. There's a little competition that comes with it. It's obviously we're playing against a buddy but also you want to have some bragging rights that comes with it."

Komisarek split ways with the Canadiens over the summer, opting to sign a five-year, $22.5-million US deal with the Leafs.

"We'll likely be in touch after the game. But out on the ice, there are no friends wearing another team's jersey," Gorges said.

Komisarek missed practice yesterday because of a sore hamstring but insisted he will be ready to take on his buddy Gorges and the Habs.

"He's definitely going to be missed," Habs goalie Carey Price said. "I'm sure he'll be a great fit in that locker room."

MIKE.ZEISBERGER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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