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by Paul on 03/22/11 at 11:00 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
What happened to the Mike Komisarek that the Leafs invested $22.5 million in, which at the time represented the largest and longest contract given to any Toronto player by Brian Burke?
What happened to him?
“I wish I knew the answer completely,” said Guy Carbonneau, who coached Komisarek when he played his best hockey with the Montreal Canadiens. “He’s a good guy who cares and he hates to lose. I feel for him.
“Early on, when I got the job (in Montreal) we worked with him a lot about not trying to be too aggressive. For some players to play better, they have to do more. With Mike, he has to do less. We worked on that with him. Sometimes he wanted to do everything, make the big hits, change the game, but he’d put himself out of the play to do it. We worked a lot on staying in the middle instead of chasing the game. When he did that, he was a very good defenceman for us.”
But now, maybe a loss of confidence, maybe a lack of belief from the coaching staff, maybe it has been Komisarek’s inability to settle down on the ice. When he plays, it’s fifth or sixth defenceman ice, which is difficult to swallow when he is being paid first or second defenceman money.
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