These Leafs won't wilt

Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Komisarek celebrates a goal with teammate Tyler Bozak. (REUTERS/Mike...

Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Komisarek celebrates a goal with teammate Tyler Bozak. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

TORONTO - Mike Komisarek peers around the Maple Leafs dressing room these days and sees a lot of new sandpaper.

That’s a good thing in the mind of the veteran defenceman, especially with an emotional, potentially rugged tussle with the New York Rangers on the card at the Air Canada Centre Thursday.

“They guys they brought in over the summer all play with grit, with an edge, with a mean streak,” Komisarek said.

Tough guys

“(Kris Versteeg) already has been in a fight. Colby (Armstrong) definitely has it. I’ve played with him and against him, and seen what he can do on both sides. He nailed Saku Koivu into the boards pretty hard a couple of years ago. And (Mike Brown) definitely has it. Even (Clarke MacArthur) will get into it with his stick and his body.

“We’ve got plenty of guys that can mix it up.”

Can fans expect to see such truculence from Komisarek Thursday night, considering the Rangers’ Sean Avery tried to chop him down at the ankles like a dead tree last week?

“For me, it’s not even an issue,” Komisarek said, attempting to keep a straight face. “Sorry. I know you are looking for more.”

That’s fine. After all, the entire hockey world will see for itself Thursday if Komisarek decides to produce his own sandpaper.


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