Philippe Dupuis Put On Waivers, Komisarek and Brown Close To Return
With his club struggling to earn points and question marks about the overall toughness on his team, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager placed forward Philippe Dupuis on waivers on Monday and got the good news that both Mike Brown and Mike Komisarek are on the mend.
With Dupuis on waivers (he’ll be sent down to the Marlies should he clear), recent call up Darryl Boyce will likely assume Dupuis’ meager minutes. Signed as a free agent, Dupuis did little while in the Blue and White, posting zero points in 30 games and failing to bring a measure of improvement to the Maple Leafs penalty kill, which is ranked 30th in a 30 team league.
Toronto went a paltry 4-6-3 in December, resulting in the teams slide in the Eastern Conference standings from playoff team to tenth in the East.
The Maple Leafs lack of physical play, combined with some sub-par goaltending from starter James Reimer are the two main reasons for the Buds slide in the standings, as is their horrific penalty kill.
The additions of Komisarek and Brown to the lineup—who could both return as early as Saturday— would be a huge punch in the arm for the Maple Leafs who desperately need somebody to step up in the physical department.
Brown is known for his in-your-face playing style and is not afraid to drop the gloves. In Komisarek, the Maple Leafs are set to get a player that, when on his game, can be a force on the back end.
One thing is for sure, should Brown and Komisarek fail to deliver Burke will need to look outside the organization and bring in some help. Working against Burke is the fact that just abut every team is still in the playoff hunt. Trades will not come easy and the price tag is bound to be high.
Stay tuned, it’s crunch time for your beloved Maple Leafs!
Until next time,