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Mike Komisarek

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RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Mike Komisarek (koh-mih-SAIR-ehk) on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Komisarek $700,000 during the 2013-14 season.

“Mike faced different circumstances and expectations in Toronto than he will in Carolina, and we feel that he has a better chance to succeed with our team,” said Rutherford. “He adds size, physicality and leadership qualities to our defensive corps, and is a good penalty killer.”

Komisarek, 31, appeared in just four NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012-13, also appearing in seven American Hockey League (AHL) games with the Toronto Marlies. The West Islip, NY, native has totaled 14 goals, 63 assists (77 points) and 663 penalty minutes in 519 career NHL games with Montreal and Toronto. He established career highs in goals (4), assists (15) and points (19) during the 2006-07 season with Montreal, and led the NHL in hits (266) and ranked second in blocked shots (227) in 2007-08. Montreal’s first-round selection (7th overall) in the 2001 NHL Draft, Komisarek (6’4”, 235 lbs.) was a starter at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game and was named to the 2010 United States Olympic team, but was unable to participate due to injury. He was Montreal’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2008, and was voted by his Maple Leafs teammates as Toronto’s candidate for the 2010 King Clancy Trophy, honoring the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community.

Prior to turning professional, Komisarek played two seasons at the University of Michigan, earning 46 points (15g, 31a) with 147 penalty minutes in 81 games. He has represented the United States in international competitions including the World Junior Championship (2001, 2002) and the World Championship (2006, 2011).

 

 

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Awesome

 

He's not good at all but he'll let us keep Murphy in the AHL.

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if you can get him back to the form he was in when he played in Montreal, hell of a pick up...he hits like a train and blocks shots all day long

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Looks like he'll play with Harrison.

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He's on a really nice contract as well.

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He and Muller have a connection, hopefully that gets him a spark and maybe reignite his career.

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Good call Hawk, Forslund said the Muller/Komi relationship had a lot to do with the signing.

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If you're interested, Komisarek's conference call is available on the Hurricanes website.

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