Komisarek won't be charged
|Mike Komisarek. (QMI Agency files)
Mike Komisarek has been vindicated.
The web site TMZ.com reported Sunday that the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman will not be charged after he was accused in January of punching a woman in a Los Angeles night club.
TMZ reported that after an investigation, the Los Angeles city attorney's office has decided it will not file criminal charges.
The Leafs were in the southern California city Jan 8-10 during a trip, and Komisarek was alleged to have struck a woman during an altercation at a club.
Komisarek refused to comment on the situation at the time, saying only that he did not want it to become a distraction.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Lapierre has played his entire career south of the border, so maybe it's fitting he wants to stay.
The Montreal native, who has played for St. Louis, the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Colorado and Philly during hit NHL career, has applied for U.S. citizenship along with his wife, Magali, according to the Flyers web site. They plan to keep their Canadian citizenship as well, though.
"We love the way of life here in the states," Laperriere said. "We've been here for 16 years and our kids are American, so that's pretty much it."
Lapierre's sons, Tristan and Zachary, were both born in the U.S. so they already have American citizenship.
'Hawks ink goalie
The Chicago Blackhawks signed goalie Alexander Salak to a two-year contract, according to a report on ESPNChicago.com.
Salak, a 24-year-old Czech, was acquired by the Blackhawks along with Michael Frolik in a trade with Florida last season. He played on loan with Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League in 2010-11.