Surgery for Komisarek

Mike Komisarek is reluctant to go into details about his shoulder injury. (QMI Agency/Craig...

Mike Komisarek is reluctant to go into details about his shoulder injury. (QMI Agency/Craig Robertson)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:03 PM ET

Maple Leaf defenceman Mike Komisarek's season-ending shoulder surgery will take place next Wednesday at Dr. James Andrews' world famous clinic in Birmingham, Ala., with a recovery time of four to six months.

Still reluctant to go into details, except to say it involves a damaged right labrum but involves more than teammate Phil Kessel’s similar shoulder procedure last spring, Komisarek told the media on Thursday that he tried every known method of rehabilitation.

“I want to do what’s best for the Leafs,” Komisarek said in the same anteroom at the MasterCard Centre where fellow defenceman Mike Van Ryn’s season-ending knee in jury was announced in the autumn. “They’ve made a long-term commitment to me (five years, $22.5 million US last summer). This is my team.”

Komisarek was injured on Jan. 2 in Calgary, a day after Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke named him and Kessel to the U.S. Olympic team. He thought it was a day-to-day situation at the time, but the problem started last season when the 6-foot-4, 245-pound defender shoulder popped out during a fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic.

“They have MRIs from last year and this year and this procedure had to be done,” Komisarek said. “They know what’s going on in there and what needs to be fixed.”

Up until a test late Wednesday, Komisarek still hoped to play in Vancouver for the Americans and in the remaining games for the Leafs.

“I’m obviously not 100% and if I go to Vancouver, I’m not being fair to the team and I’m taking someone’s spot,” he said.

Burke will announce replacements for Komisarek and New Jersey Devils’ defenceman Paul Martin later Thursday on a Team USA conference call.


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