Leafs sign hard-hitting Komisarek

Updated: July 2, 2009, 12:55 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

Brian Burke may be out of the country, but that didn't keep the Maple Leafs' general manager from making a splash in the free agent market.

Burke lured free agent defenseman Mike Komisarek to Toronto from the rival Canadiens with a five-year, $22.5 million deal.

Komisarek is regarded as a realiable stay-at-home defensemen with a physical edge to his game. He will earn $4.5 million per year.

Burke, who joined the Leafs' front office in the midst of last season, is in Sweden attempting to add to add free agent netminder Jonas Gustavsson to a rebuilt Leafs squad.

The Maple Leafs signed enforcer Colton Orr earlier Wednesday and moved defenseman Pavel Kubina to Atlanta in an attempt to turn Toronto into a more physical, grittier squad.

Komisarek had two goals and 11 points in 66 games for Montreal last season, along with 121 penalty minutes.

Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and the Associated Press was used in this report.

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