TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs expect to be without hard-hitting defenceman Mike Komisarek for three weeks after placing him on injured reserve Thursday with a quadriceps injury.
Defenceman Carl Gunnarsson was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to help cover in his absence, while tough-guy forward Jay Rosehill was assigned to the Marlies on a conditioning loan.
Komisarek left Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild in the first period after logging just six shifts and 2:47 of ice time.
He was initially injured during Saturday’s 5-1 win over Detroit, shutting it down after the second period that night.
Signed to a US$22.5-million, five-year deal in the summer, Komisarek has no points, 31 penalty minutes and is a minus-9 in 16 games this season.
Gunnarsson, 23, has two assists with two penalty minutes in 12 games with the Marlies. He’s playing his first professional season in North America after collecting 29 points (10-19) and 60 penalty minutes in 150 career games for Swedish team Linkoping HC.
Rosehill, 24, has a goal and 16 penalty minutes in six games with the Maple Leafs.