February 2, 2010
Komisarek may miss Olympics
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek said on Tuesday that he will decide "in the next couple of days" whether he can play for the U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver next month.
Komisarek suffered a shoulder injury on Jan. 2 and will have missed the last 15 games with the Leafs, which will include Tuesday night's against the New Jersey Devils at the Air Canada Centre.
"According to what the doctors said, he had an injury that could be 4-6 weeks and we're on the fourth week right now. We just have to do some testing to see if rehab is working properly," Leafs and Team USA head coach Ron Wilson said on Tuesday of Komisarek.
Komisarek has an appointment with team doctors on Wednesday to evaluate his injury but said that if he is not 100%, he will pull himself off the American team because he doesn't want to give anything but his best in Vancouver. Another American defenceman, Paul Martin, withdrew from the team earlier this week. The withdrawal of both Martin and Komisarek would be a considerable blow to the U.S. team.
"(Martin's) probably regarded, had he played all season long, as our most reliable defenceman, he can play in every situation," said Wilson.
"It's very unfortunate for Paul. You don't know if this is the last Olympics for NHL players," added Wilson.
The NHL has not yet committed to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.