Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/31/09 at 09:25 AM ET
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
As an American, why not try a team in his homeland, especially since there were ample suitors? Only Original Six franchises for this guy?
“I had opportunities to go elsewhere, markets where hockey may not be the number one sport,” Komisarek said in a telephone interview from his off-season home in Long Island, N.Y.
“But I sort of shied away from playing in a non-traditional market. It’s a unique situation to play in such a hockey hotbed with everything that goes with it, but it’s something I wanted a lot. I can’t wait for the opportunity to get up there and help get that team back to the playoffs.”
Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, a Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, figure to be the cornerstones of a rebuilt and strengthened Leafs defence, the most fruitful harvest from a busy off-season for general manager Brian Burke.
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