This recent quote by Brian Burke may have shocked and confused more than a few Leafs fans: “I don't see him as the odd man out at all. We really like the way his game came around late in the season. He had a good world championships. He's a right shot. I expect him to play a major role here.”
The player he is referring to? Mike Komisarek: scapegoat extraordinaire.
Next to Brett Lebda, I cannot think of a current Maple Leafs player who has taken more criticism from fans over the course of his time in Toronto.
Whether or not the degree of criticism to which big No. 8 was exposed has been warranted or not is essentially irrelevant. The reason for which, of course, is his $4.5 million salary for the next three seasons... *shudder*.
If there is one thing Burke has shown us all over the course of the last year or so, it's that he has a penchant for moving the immovable. Vesa Toskala, Jason Blake and Brett Lebda (Larry Murphy incarnate) were all deemed untradeable due to horrendous play. Although in Blake's case, he also carried a hefty $20 million, five-year contract.
I still can't decide which is more impressive: Packaging Toskala and Blake for Giguere, or trading Lebda for Franson and Lombardi. It's a toss-up!
Either way, with the emergence of young D-men Schenn, Aulie, Gunnarson and hopefully Franson, Komisarek looks to be the odd man out this coming year. Just exactly how Burke expects him to "play a major role here" is beyond any rational thinking, if you ask me.
Due to the increase in salary cap this coming year to roughly $64 million, the floor has also increased. As of this date, according to capgeek.com, seven teams sit below the floor.
This article will discuss the likelihood of a trade involving Mike Komisarek to each destination. All figures used are courtesy of capgeek.com.
DISCLAIMER: Mike Komisarek has a limited No-Movement Clause. This article is not intended to guess who may be on the list of 12 teams he would agree to be traded to. It's very possible that none of the teams I discuss are on his list.