|Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Komisarek (L) celebrates a goal with his teammate Tyler Bozak in October 2010. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
TORONTO - Mike Komisarek talked on Sunday, but it's clear that others in the Maple Leafs organization will be handling the next stage of an incident in a Hollywood nightclub.
Komisarek, whose name appeared on a celebrity gossip website for allegedly punching an unnamed woman, broke 24 hours of silence on Sunday, to say he didn't want it to be an issue that would take teammates' attention off the last two games before the NHL all-star break.
"I've been advised by (Toronto general manager) Brian Burke not to say anything yet," Komisarek said after practice. "I can't let this be a distraction. We're here to win hockey games. The other stuff ... I can't comment."
The Leafs then departed for two road games in Carolina and Tampa Bay, by which time the Los Angeles Police Department will be following up any complaint laid against him.
On Jan. 8, the Leafs arrived in L.A. from a win against Atlanta, with two days off before playing the Kings.
TMZ.com reported Komisarek was in a bar and lifted a woman in the air during some horseplay. The big defenceman is said to have refused her demand to be let down -- until she supposedly slapped him. That's when Komisarek is alleged to have set her down and punched her, drawing blood.
The Leafs remain tight-lipped about the whole affair, but the two-week lag since Jan. 8 and the slow pace that LAPD and NHL security seem to be following up the matter might indicate it is not as serious as first believed.
Asked if he could foresee an eventual positive resolution to the matter, possibly some sort of private settlement, Komisarek said: "I wish I could, but I can't say right now". Neither would he say if LAPD has already been in touch with him.
Teammate Jean-Sebastien Giguere said the team only wants Komisarek to be ready to play on Monday in Raleigh, as he was Saturday against Washington (8:28 of ice time, not on for any goals for or against).