TORONTO - Veteran defenceman Mike Komisarek has reportedly waived his no-trade clause so that the Maple Leafs could put him on waivers.
Komisarek, who has played in just four games for the team this season and comes with a hefty $4.5-million cap hit, will most certainly clear waivers and be headed to the AHL Marlies where he can at least get some playing time and hope to either work his way back onto the Leafs roster or be traded to another team.
The news broke on Wednesday morning after the doors had already closed on the Maple Leafs dressing room following their skate in preparation for their home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Komisarek seemed happy in the Leafs room, joking that recalled defenceman Jake Gardiner had “finally been freed.” Perhaps Komisarek feels free himself. Things haven’t worked out for him here in Toronto since being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens to start the 2009-10 season with the Leafs.