By Allan Muir
Whatever else Mike Komisarek may be, he is this first and foremost: the ultimate cautionary tale for NHL free agents.
The veteran defender — the vanguard of Brian Burke’s bearded hordes of Truculent Leafs — was waived today at his own behest, freeing him from press box purgatory and the crushing frustration of four wasted seasons in Toronto.
What happens next remains to be seen. But he knows this much: when he signed away his own no-movement clause, he bought himself the chance to play, something that clearly wasn’t going to happen in Toronto.