The Carolina Hurricanes made their first signing of the day, inking defenseman Mike Komisarek to a one-year/$700,000 deal.
Komisarek has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past four seasons under heavy scrutiny because of his $4.5 million salary and poor play after four strong seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Maple Leafs used a compliance buy-out on the New York native last week to void his contract and send him into free agency.
Komisarek has had a rough time in the past few seasons and even played in the AHL for a short span last season. But at $700,000 it’s not that bad of a signing.
The 31-year-old used to be an excellent defensive-defenseman that could hit and shut down top lines, but has since fallen off with the Leafs. He never had much offensive skill, not that that’s what the Hurricanes need on this team.
Along with Brett Bellemore and Ryan Murphy, Komisarek will fight for the last spot on the Canes’ defense. Right now, I would give the advantage to Komisarek, who has more experience than the other two.
Komisarek also received a no movement clause in his contract meaning he has to agree to be sent to the minors and to a trade. He will have to be on the Canes’ roster for the whole season.
The best the Hurricanes can wish for is Komisarek to turn his career around and play like he did in Montreal, but that’s not likely.
If anything, this signing gives the Canes defensive depth, which is always good.