Honestly I think he reaggravated his shoulder during preseason, he looked great against Ottawa in preseason then the next game he had that awkward hit and they were talking about his shoulder and he suddenly stopped being less physical, got in a fight later on and then the season starts and his physicality rarely shows.
This is his year imo, if he wants to stay here he needs to step up the game and hopefully his shoulder is 100% it's do-or-die for him and being only 29 he knows 2 more years of 4.5M isn't exactly going to set him for life and getting an NHL gig will be hard after the atrocious last couple seasons.
We've seen flashes of it during his time in Toronto.
That may just be his best shift as a Maple Leaf. I'm still hoping he can return to form because if he can, he'll be an incredible asset and just a piece of one of the better defences in the East. I'm not overly optimistic though. I don't think the situation has been ideal for him. Having to live up to a big contract, injuries hitting him and horrible goaltending at times.
best shift? the 4 seconds of play they showed?
Like to see Komi rebound but really think he needs a move to do so.
To be honest, I don't think Komi reached his top-form even with the Habs. I think his best days are still ahead of him and I hope they're with the Leafs. It's just the fact that he signed such a huge contract with the team that makes it hard to justify having such a talented and expensive bottom-pairing defenceman.
I'm not ready to rule him out just yet, he has the ability steal back his slot from Gunnar or Aulie this year.
At the end of the day, we might just be looking at a Hal Gill+.
Solid Defensive defenceman who other fans seem to appreciate more than ours.
Can Komisarek turn it around? Sure, but its not going to happen here in Toronto. He was getting 8-10 minutes a game at the end of last season so its obvious Coach Wilson doesn't trust him anymore. He needs to go somewhere that will give him minutes and a fresh start, it didn't work out here for whatever reason. I think both the Leafs and Komisarek would welcome a change.
It's hard to play the style of hockey he played when you have a surgery like that. One of the reasons why players become injury prone is because they are subconsciously protecting that injured place and putting their bodies into a lot of awkward positions and injuring some other part of their body. Komi is still in his prime and can still find his old game. It's just a matter of time.
When the Leafs finally get into the playoffs, Komisarek will be the type of player we need: a steady shut down defenceman that will crush some people, get the team and home crowd going, which is important in the playoffs
Not to mention his leadership qualities will be important for a team that is the youngest in the NHL
If the Leafs go on a playoff run, I'll bet that Komisarek will be a big part of the run
I still think this guy can bounce back. He's proven that he can be a big strong shut down type defenseman. I don't know what exactly has gone wrong during his past few years... but I hope he turns it around.
I believe he can, and I think the reason why he hasnt yet is two fold.
1) He suffered his shoulder injury, preventing him from gaining top form.
2) He became apart of a team that was/is re-building. Once this team matures Komi will once start playing like he did in Montreal. I alo believe Komi will be a great shutdown D in the playoffs, when we make them.