Reports are floating around that the Montreal Canadiens would like to re-sign defenceman Mike Komisarek for four million bucks a year but Komisarek wants six million instead. Now, I’m going to repeat the two key parts of the previous sentence – Mike Komisarek – 6 million.
Komisarek feels he’s worth much more than last year. So this is what I’m assuming. I’m assuming he didn’t go home after games and watch film of how he played that night. I’m assuming he forgets completely about all those head-scratching bad passes he sent up the middle that were intercepted and often resulted in goals for the other team. And I’m assuming he thinks he’s an elite NHL defenceman.
Mike Komisarek is not an elite NHL defenceman. He could be, but he’s not. Those previously-mentioned bad passes up the middle weren’t just from time to time. They were on a nightly basis. Except for maybe Patrice Brisebois, no defenceman on the Habs made such poor decisions with the puck. It was to the point of embarrassing. So like I said, I doubt he went home and looked at video of his game. Otherwise, he might be offering to give some of his salary back.
And then there’s the bad and poorly-timed penalty-taking. Komisarek’s a big boy – 6’4, 237 pounds, and likes to throw his weight around. But he hasn’t found that magical formula that allows you to be a heavy hitter without ending up in the penalty box. Scott Stevens he’s not.
Komisarek’s game went south after taking a beating from Boston’s Milan Lucic where he not only lost the fight but also injured his shoulder. I feel it was that one fight that gave the Habs an inferiority complex, and boosted Lucic to cult-status while showing his team, the Bruins, that they were a force to be reckoned with. That fight changed the seasons for both clubs.
Six million for Komisarek. Are you kidding? He was lucky he wasn’t on the bench more often. He played like a $40,000 a year player, not a millionaire. He hurt the team and added very little. And now he wants six million dollars.