As Mike Komisarek gets ready to return to Montreal for the first time since he signed with Toronto, now seems as good a time as any to critique his play for the Buds so far.
After signing a five-year deal for $22.5 million in the off-season, he has yet to really live up to the billing through the first 11 games.
Here’s his line: 11 GP, 0 G, 0 A, -6, 27 PIM
Hmm…. The 27 minutes of penalties would imply plenty of “truculence”, but the rest of the numbers seem to be a bit concerning, especially given the fact that he was being considered for the captaincy.
Komisarek has never been known for his goal scoring prowess so its not completely fair to fault him for not having any points so far, but his defensive play (which he was signed for in the first place) has been lacking.
There’s no doubt the -6 is bad, but there’s a hidden stat that might be the most concerning facet of Komisarek’s game, which is: Bad Penalties.
So far, through the first 11 games Komisarek has taken 5 penalties that lead to a goal. If one of your “top” defenceman is indirectly causing a goal in approximately half the games, then there’s something wrong. (Sidebar: Why is the offending player not given a minus rating if a team scores while he’s in the box?)
Oct. 28 – Dallas – 3rd period penalty, gave Dallas the lead
Oct. 13 – Colorado – 2nd period penalty, Avs’ 3rd goal
Oct. 12 – NY Rangers – 1st period penalty, Rangers’ first goal
Oct. 3 – Washington – 1st period penalty, Caps’ 2nd goal
Oct. 1 – Montreal – 3rd period penalty, Last five minutes, tying goal
Granted the most recent one, which took place in Dallas against Mike Ribeiro, was a phantom call on one of the league’s most pathetic divers, but in general the trend being set is an alarming one.
The advice Komisarek should take from this: Stay out of the fucking penalty box you moron. Your team is bad. Your goaltending is bad. Your team’s penalty kill is ranked 30th in the league. Its hard to tell a player to reign it in, especially when the boss wants you to be truculent and all, but maybe it’s time to play a little smarter hockey, Mike.