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Maple Leafs place Komisarek on waivers

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Neil Acharya - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Maple Leafs place Komisarek on waivers

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Mike Komisarek on waivers Wednesday.

Komisarek had a no-movement clause in his contract and had to waive it to allow the move. Komisarek would report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League if he is not claimed by another team.

The 31-year-old was on the ice for the morning skate but was not available for comment.

Komisarek has no points and a plus-2 rating in four games this season. He last played Feb. 2, and has been a healthy scratch in 21 straight games.

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said forward Ryan Malone is out indefinitely with a left-shoulder injury. Malone was hurt March 18 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Forward Benoit Pouliot is "on the verge" of a return, according Boucher. The left wing, who is recovering from an upper-body injury, was on the ice for the morning skate with a red jersey.

Here is how the Lightning and Maple Leafs could line up when they meet Wednesday:

LIGHTNING

Teddy Purcell - Steven Stamkos - Martin St Louis

Cory Conacher - Tom Pyatt - Alex Killorn

Pierre-Cedric Labrie - Nate Thompson - B.J. Crombeen

Dana Tyrell - Tyler Johnson - Ondrej Palat

Victor Hedman - Sami Salo

Matthew Carle - Eric Brewer

Keith Aulie - Radko Gudas

Mathieu Garon

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Brian Lee

Injured: Vincent Lecavalier (lower body), Ryan Malone (shoulder)

MAPLE LEAFS

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Clarke MacArthur - Mikhail Grabovski - Matt Frattin

Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Nikolai Kulemin

Leo Komarov - Jay McClement - Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf

Mark Fraser - Cody Franson

Jake Gardiner - John-Michael Liles

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Mike Komisarek, Michael Kostka, Frazer McLaren

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