Maple Leafs Buy Out Komisarek

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

As per reports across multiple news outlets, the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally done what everyone had been waiting on for years: they bought out the remainder of Mike Komisarek's five-year, $22.5 million contract.

Komisarek was a hot commodity, big-name free agent when the Maple Leafs signed him off the open market in the summer of 2009. He had played very well during his time with the Montreal Canadiens but that play was simply not meant to travel with him to Toronto.

It was believed the Maple Leafs were trying to trade 31-year-old struggling defenceman on various occasions as he spent time with the AHL's Toronto Marlies. When he was with the Maple Leafs, Komisarek regularly found himself in the pressbox.

This is the first of two compliance buyouts the Maple Leafs may use on any player on their roster. They may also wait until next summer if GM Dave Nonis wishes to do so, although there is a chance John-Michael Liles hits the free agent market this summer thanks to the second Leaf buyout.

Until Nonis and his staff make their final decision we must wait and see what the future holds in terms of buyouts in Toronto.

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