February 10, 2010
Sjostrom, Hanson healthyWhile Komisarek has surgery
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek went under the knife Wednesday, while Christian Hanson and Fredrik Sjostrom are thankfully no longer under the weather.
Komisarek, who was shut down for the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder, was slated to be operated on by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala. His recovery period is expected to be 4-6 months, which should leave him ready for training camp in September, barring any setbacks.
Komisarek’s right shoulder has been wonky ever since he scrapped with Boston’s Milan Lucic back in November 2008. Komisarek was a member of the Montreal Canadiens at the time.
Meanwhile Hanson and Sjostrom were back at Leaf practice today, having recovered from a bout of food poisoning they acquired on Sunday. According to coach Ron Wilson, both players ate at the same restaurant.
“I’ve always told people: ‘Don’t eat seafood if it’s flown further than you to get there,’” Wilson quipped. “I know they don’t get that shrimp out of Lake Ontario.
“They just ate some bad shrimp.”
Both players were too ill to play in Monday’s 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. They also could not accompany the team to Canton, Mass. Tuesday for the funeral of Brendan Burke. son of Leafs general manager Brian Burke.
After all that, each was upbeat at the opportunity to be back out on the ice again today and should be in the lineup when the Leafs meet the St. Louis Blues Friday in Missouri.
“I got up about 3:45 (a.m. Monday) and felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach five times,” Hanson said. “I was in the bathroom for a long time after that but did feel much better today.”
So did Sjostrom.
“I’m getting back to regular living now,” Sjostrom said. “I don’t know what it was but something hit me and I was in the bathroom for the next 10 hours.”
Wilson did tweak his lines at practice, bumping up recent call-up Viktor Stalberg to play with Lee Stempniak and Tyler Bozak.