September 18, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Mike Komisarek (5) looks on before the start of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Hurricanes 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Komisarek: Carolina Hurricanes UFAs

Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Mike Komisarek (5) with the puck as he is pursued by Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) behind the net at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Over the next week or so, we’ll look at the restricted and unrestricted free agents on the Carolina Hurricanes roster. We’ll look at pros and cons of signing each player and give a final opinion on what the team should do. A poll will be included in each post.

Mike Komisarek was brought in on the first day of free agency in the summer of 2013. At the time, Komisarek was expected to be a fringe player that would see a lot of time as a healthy scratch, and that is what happened.

The 32-year-old defenseman ended up jumping in and out of the lineup as a 7th defenseman. In 32 games played, Mike Komisarek posted 4 points and was a -4. He averaged a career low 11:42 time on ice per game.

Mike Komisarek’s lack of mobility was painfully obvious. He made a lot of mistakes by trying to do too much offensively, and he wasn’t able to get back and recover from his mistakes in most cases.

There were just a lot of unforced errors that Mike Komisarek made with the Carolina Hurricanes. In his defense, he was never really able to get in a rhythm, as he rarely played in over three consecutive games.

Mike Komisarek isn’t the player he was back in 2008. He looks slow and worn out on the ice, and I think the Carolina Hurricanes could be find a better #7 defenseman.

That being said, Mike Komisarek handled the whole situation like a pro. He could’ve gotten frustrated with the team and coaching staff about his playing time, but instead he was a complete team guy with a good attitude for the whole season. Even when his play wasn’t good on the ice, his attitude was positive off the ice.

Through his struggles, Mike Komisarek was fearless in his own zone. He blocked shots, threw his body around, and made plays in his own end that many other players would not do.

That being considered, I do not think the Carolina Hurricanes should re-sign Mike Komisarek.


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