January 18, 2010
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI AGENCY
While his teammates were headed for Nashville, Mike Komisarek had a different flight plan on Sunday.
The injured Leafs defenceman was putting in the miles in a tough skate after the team's practice at the Mastercard Centre as he continues to recover from injury.
"I'm just rehabbing, trying to get stronger and healed up to come back as soon as possible," said Komisarek, who suffered an upper body injury Jan. 2 against Calgary and has missed the past seven games. "You want to be around your teammates, competing and helping out."
Leafs coach Ron Wilson said Komisarek could join the team for the latter portion of the road trip, which begins Monday and ends Saturday in Florida.
Centre Wayne Primeau is closer to returning from his knee injury suffered in the same game. Primeau had his first full practice Sunday and accompanied the team to Nashville.
"It's day-to-day right now, hopefully I will be back sooner than later," said Primeau, who suffered strained knee ligaments. "After the injuries I went through last year, I was starting to feel better about myself. It's discouraging."
The loss of Primeau has been noticeable. Arguably the team's best faceoff man, he was also settling in as the closest thing the team has to a shutdown centre.
Rookie Tyler Bozak doesn't feel pressure centring the team's top line. Instead, he sees opportunity.
"I thrive on it," Bozak said. "(His linemates) can help me look a little better than I really am so it's been good."