TORONTO - In less than two seasons with the Maple Leafs, veteran blueliners Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin have combined to go minus-31.
That’s the same Mike Komisarek who is on the books for a cap hit of $4.5 million US.
And the same Francois Beauchemin who is on the books for a cap hit of $3.8 million.
With Komisarek signed until 2014, he would be a difficult commodity to move. Beauchemin’s deal, on the other hand, is up in 2012, making him the more attractive player of the two to be dealt.
While Beauchemin has a limited no-trade clause, a number of teams have inquired about his availability. But don’t expect Leafs general manager Brian Burke to just give the veteran defenceman away. While his play has not been at the level he exhibited in Anaheim, he is still a valuable team leader, especially inside the dressing room.
On the ice, the numerous mistakes made by the two veterans has caused them to be the targets of abuse from angry fans. Then again, should we really have expected more, given that both were paired at times with all-stars before coming to Toronto — Komisarek with Andrei Markov in Montreal and Beauchemin with Scott Niedermayer with the Ducks?
Maybe the costly giveaways, which both were guilty of in a 3-2 loss to Columbus on Thursday, are who they really are.
For his part, Beauchemin doesn’t think so.
“Every mistake you make, you have to regroup,” Beauchemin said Friday. “You have to bounce back on the next shift. There is nothing else you can do.”
Asked what his New Years Resolution was, Beauchemin replied: “Win.”
Question is: When? And, for that matter, where?