Leafs’ Mike Komisarek out for season, Olympics

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek will miss the rest

of the NHL season and will not play for the U.S. Olympic team

because of shoulder surgery.

The decision to operate in Alabama next week comes after weeks

of rehabilitation. Komisarek has been sidelined since Jan. 2 and

resumed skating within a week of the injury.

“It’s definitely tough news when you find out you’re not going

to be playing hockey for four to six months,” Komisarek said while

teammates practicd Thursday. “It’s been a tough little while here,

the last couple of weeks, trying to figure out one way or the other

whether surgery is going to be needed.”

His absence is another blow to the U.S. Olympic team. New Jersey

Devils defenseman Paul Martin will miss the Vancouver Games because

of a broken forearm.

“Having a chance to represent your country in the Olympics is a

huge honor, and you want to be a part of that,” Komisarek said.

“But I knew that it wouldn’t be fair to go and play in the Olympics

and have to shut my season down after I come back from Vancouver

and miss the rest of the year.”

The 28-year-old Komisarek signed with the Maple Leafs last

summer and had four assists in 34 games. He was out for a handful

of games with a leg injury earlier this season after missing more

than a dozen games with another upper body injury last season in