The Toronto Maple Leafs placed Mike Komisarek on waivers Wednesday and the veteran defenceman waived his no-movement clause, sportsnet.ca’s Chris Johnston confirms.
Komisarek has been a healthy scratch for the majority of the season, playing just four games for the Leafs this year registering zero points and two penalty minutes.
A league source confirmed to Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s David Alter that Komisarek waived his no-movement clause so that he could be placed on waivers because he no longer wanted to sit in the press box.
If Komisarek clears waivers he will be assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The West Islip, N.Y., native was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens seventh overall in 2001 and played his first six seasons in the league with the Habs. In July 2009, Komisarek signed a five-year contract with the Leafs with an annual salary cap hit of $4.5 million.
Mike Komisarek just walked in the #leafs dressing room and said: “Jake Gardiner’s free.”
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 20, 2013
On Tuesday, the Maple Leafs assigned defenceman Korbinian Holzer to the Marlies and officially recalled Jake Gardiner on Wednesday.
Gardiner joined the Maple Leafs at the team’s morning skate and will be in the lineup Wednesday when the team hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre. The 22-year-old registered 31 points in 43 games with the Marlies this season and also missed some time recovering from a concussion.