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Maple Leafs buy out Mike Komisarek

Tuesday, 07.02.2013 / 7:22 PM / News

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Maple Leafs buy out Mike Komisarek
The Toronto Maple Leafs have used one of their compliance buyouts on defenseman Mike Komisarek, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have used one of their compliance buyouts on defenseman Mike Komisarek, making him an unrestricted free agent.

"It was a privilege playing for a first-class organization like the Leafs even though things did not turn out as I would have liked," Komisarek said on his Twitter account after media reports of the buyout emerged.

The buyout will save the Maple Leafs $4.5 million by removing the final season of his five-year deal from their salary cap.

Komisarek, 31, signed the five-year deal in 2009, but not much has gone as intended since then. He was limited to 34 games in 2009-10 due to injuries and missed a substantial amount of playing time in 2011-12.

He was unable to break into the lineup for most of the 2012-13 season, playing in four NHL games. Toronto exposed him to waivers in March and he ended up playing for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

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