NHL trade rumors: Mike Komisarek asks for trade from Maple Leafs

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The Toronto defenseman, appearing in just four games this season, is looking to move on.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek has asked for a trade, according Andy Strickland of True Hockey, supplying the team with a list of 12 teams he'd accept a trade to. Strickland notes the list isn't exactly a take-it-or-leave-it list, however:

The veteran defenseman has a limited no-trade clause.

Komisarek landed with the Leafs in 2009, signing a five-year contract with a $4.5 million per season cap hit. Proving to be a valuable defensive asset on the blue during his time with the Montreal Canadiens capable of putting up at least a few points here and there, Komisarek has become an increasing disappointment in Toronto.

Playing just 154 games total his first three seasons, the veteran has been a healthy scratch more often than not this season and has appeared in just four games for Toronto in 2013. All told, Komisarek is a minus-28 with 19 points in his time with the Maple Leafs.

His struggles on the ice and high price tag, with one more season remaining on the deal, has led to speculation that Komisarek could be a buyout option for Toronto. With NHL teams now able to take on a departed players' salary as part of a trade, moving Komisarek also becomes an option.

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