Boston Bruins fans have to be ecstatic that free-agent defenseman Mike Komisarek has decided to stay in the Northeast Division. And former Montreal blueliner the Hub loves to hate is eager to get going with the new-look Toronto Maple Leafs, who are being formed in the image general manager Brian Burke has always envisioned for his teams.

“I was happy to see Brian Burke and his approach and his vision for the team and the direction that he was going with, as far as having a physical and aggressive team, a tough team to play against. Being a physical player, that’s my sort of style,” Komisarek explained during a conference call today about why he decided to ink a five-year deal with the rebuilding Leafs.

As for that rebuilding, Komisarek isn’t too worried about being bogged down in the losing ways that have kept the Leafs from reaching the playoffs since the NHL emerged from the 2004-05 lockout.

“You want to come into a situation where you bring your work ethic and attitude, accepting a challenge. … There’s an opportunity to grow as a player and as a group,” he said.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Komisarek has had some classic confrontations with Bruins winger Milan Lucic and other members of the Black and Gold over the last couple years. Now he’ll get to continue that with the Leafs, a club that also features the muscle of Colton Orr, Jamal Mayers and Garnet Exelby. The Leafs will be a hard-hitting bunch, and now we know that those six Bruins-Leafs games will have a little more gasoline on the fire in 2009-10.