Mike Komisarek Getting Too Much Respect

January 8th, 2012 1 Comment

After missing 23 games with a broken arm, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek was thrust into action Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

Given the type of injury he suffered and the fact that he had not laced up the skates since November 17th, one would think that Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson would have opted to bring Komisarek along slowly.

A quick look at last night’s boxscore reveals quite the opposite, as Komisarek had a total of 21:53 of time on the ice, the third most amongst all Maple Leaf players.

We all know Wilson tends to give premium minutes to those players that are playing well on any given night rather than through ones reputation, but with Komisarek looking slow, making more than one bad pass and emerging with a team-worst minus-2 rating one wonders—is Komisarek getting too much respect from Wilson?

Sure, I can see a scenario where the Maple Leafs want to showcase Komisarek in an effort to move him. I can also understand that the Maple Leafs need more grit in their lineup. That said, I didn’t notice Komisarek consistently laying opposing forwards out and I sure cannot see how his play necessitated more than 21 minutes of play from Komisarek, do you?

Seems to me, Mike Komisarek was on the ice for far too many Detroit goals last night, seems to me his play or lack thereof, should have seen him on the bench more and more as the game went on.

In the end, the Maple Leafs earned a much needed two points, beating the Red Wings by a final score of 4-3. That said, there is a part of me that believes if Komiarek’s ice time was reduced the Maple Leafs may have won this contest by a final score of 4-2. Don’t forget, Komisarek looked rather slow in the third— perhaps a reduction in time would have helped that?

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is NOT an attack on Komisarek, rather an observation that he was likely given too much ice time too soon from Wilson. One could say that given the amount of time Wilson gave Komi last night that Komisarek was set up for failure.

Komisarek looked to be part of the problem in last nights near collapse, why he was on the ice for more than 21 minutes is anyone’s guess.

Until next time,


1 Comment

  1. Hudson says:

    I think he’s veteran enough to handle it, and I didn’t think he was too bad given the circumstances. Someone’s gotta be on the ice for goals, and D are more than forwards by default. And who’s going to fault anyone for not looking great against Detroit? It’s not like we were playing the Isles or CBJ…

    I personally have been waiting for his return since his game came a long way, and he and Brown’s injuries in my mind went a long way toward the slump we got in. I welcome Komo back with open arms, and one weakish game doesn’t worry me in the least. 🙂

    Bring on the mean, Komo! We need it!

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