Hobbled Komisarek pumped up

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

HUNTSVILLE -- It will take more than a sore hamstring to keep Mike Komisarek from one of the more anticipated games in his career.

The prized off-season acquisition caused a stir here yesterday when he stayed in sweats and skipped the Leafs two-hour workout. But the big defenceman said he stayed off the skates as a precautionary move after "tweaking'' the hamstring in Sunday's pre-season finale against Buffalo.

"It's an extra day of rest, recoup and bounce back more than anything,'' Komisarek said.

"It's going to take a lot more than that to keep me out of the first game of the season.''

Leafs coach Ron Wilson described the injury as "a tightening'' and that he expects Komisarek to be alongside partner Tomas Kaberle tomorrow when the Leafs face his former team.

Komisarek deflected talk about facing the Montreal Canadiens for the first time since becoming a Leaf.

"I'm just excited getting ready for (tomorrow),'' Komisarek said. "The stuff I can control is my intensity and the way I come out and play. The emotions, I try not to get into it too much but the intensity I can control."

Meanwhile, the team is down to 26 players as the team put goaltender Joey MacDonald on waivers. The Pictou, N.S., native was signed as insurance for Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson and played well in the pre-season. MacDonald is expected to be the starter for the AHL Marlies.

The Leafs must trim the roster to 23 plus injured reserves by 3 p.m. today. Wilson said that forward Tyler Bozak is not likely to dress in the opener but he may be one of the first callups if there is a need. Bozak skated on a line with Jiri Tlusty and injured Jamal Mayers yesterday, two more who won't play tomorrow.

Defenceman Jeff Finger returned to practice after missing several days with a strained oblique muscle but Wilson said he will have to play his way into shape before getting into the lineup.

ROB.LONGLEY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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