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Clarkson cashes in, signs $36.75 million deal with Toronto

Jul 5, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs went into free agency with the cap space to make a big splash.

And make a splash they’ve done. Not only have they re-signed center Tyler Bozak to a four-year, $21 million deal, they’ve also inked winger David Clarkson to a seven-year, $36.75 million contract (cap hit $5.25 million).

Clarkson, 29, moves to Toronto from New Jersey after scoring 97 goals in 426 career games for the Devils. His breakout year came in 2011-12, when he scored 30 times, with 16 assists and 138 PIM, in 80 games.

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, Clarkson’s deal also includes a limited no-trade and no-movement clause.

  1. valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I liked Dave Clarkson, too bad he’s a Leaf now

  2. hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Toronto’s really going to be a pain in the as* to play against next year, it looks like. Good for them

  3. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Paging Peter Chiarelli….

    Did you come into work today or take the day off after dumping Seguin?

    No Alfie, no Clarkson…. Can you at least phone in from the beach and get Boston someone?

    • sunderlanding - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Komisarek is still available?

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM


      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Nope, he’s in Carolina. I actually think Boston doesn’t need to add too much. They got Eriksson, who’s so underrated and the young guys can step in on the blueline. Another forward (Jagr?) would help but they don’t have much room.

    • einjzmolf - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      You didn’t ‘dump’ seguin. You got a great player in Loui Eriksson and 3 NHL capable players. Loui is better than Clarkson or Alffie, you’re just making boston fans look stupid by wanting to SIGN ALL DA FREE AGENTS NAO

      • amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        It was a joke. Sorry, but I’ve never heard the words “superstar” and Loui Eriksson used together.

        As for looking stupid, please…

        Really? Where did you go to school? The sidewalk? Or are you just trying to “sound cool and uneducated.”

        And yes, Seguin WAS dumped. We might get some good players out of the deal, but obviously the Stars see Seguin’s potential. Maybe he will live up to it down there.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        “just making boston fans look stupid”

        They have it covered no help needed.

      • einjzmolf - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        You didn’t hear about Loui being a superstar because he played under the dallas fog. He’s a potential selke and lady byng candidate year after year, except noone paid attention, because he played in dallas. Both teams won in that trade. You didn’t lose a damn thing, yet you’re certainly whining like you did. Surprised you haven’t joined the ‘hate seguin now that hes gone’ bandwagon.

      • amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        No hate on Seguin at all. He doesn’t respect his teammates devotion to the game…and that is why he is gone. Can’t blame a guy for wanting to chase tail and get drunk instead of playing hockey. He’s been playing hockey since he was a kid…maybe he’s bored of it. 😉

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Both of these guys aren’t worth anywhere near what they were paid. You win Cups by developing talent, not overpaying free agents

  4. valoisvipers - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I like the player but wow that’s a little too rich for my blood.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Cap hit seems fine, length is too much. You don’t know if last year was a fluke

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I’ve watched Clarkson play plenty and he’s not worth close to that. Insanity. So Toronto has now overpaid Clarkson and Bozak. This guy’s never reached the 50-pt plateau! He’s Hartnell-lite. And 7 years? Wow. They are going to regret this when Clarkson scores 17 goals and puts up 32 pts a season. Even Holmgren wouldn’t have given out that contract. Hartnell (4.75) and Lecavalier look like huge bargains right now.

    • martysbetter - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      They’ll be lucky if he hits 17 goals and puts up 32 pts – that was his career high prior to his 30 goal season!

      Love Clarkson, but I remember when he was considered a 3rd line grinder/energy guy, not a top-6 winger..

  6. channelguy - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Great move by the Leafs. Did they overpay? OF COURSE. It’s not the salary, which given what Clowe got, is okay, but the seven year term. But I’d rather overpay for a quality guy who will help you win. Clarkson was the most attractive UFA this year, and it’s refreshing to see Toronto sign him if only to shut up all the commentators who say people don’t want to play in Toronto because the pressure is too intense.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I’m still trying to figure out why people consider Clarkson to be the prize free agent. He’s played 7 seasons and has been pretty mediocre for those 7 seasons, the guy has topped 30 points twice in those 7 seasons, let me repeat that TWICE in seven years. This signing is awful, the Maple Leafs just signed a long term contract for decent money with a player who in his career is more likely to get in low 20’s point wise then he is to ever match 46 points again.

      2-3 years from now people will be talking about this as a bad contract, 4 years from now Toronto will have bought him out.

      Congratulations Toronto you just paid $5.25 million per year to a solid third line player.

      • dueman - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        I guess we will find out, right? Myself, I like it.

  7. leafs2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Over pay but less then the Russian so still a win.

  8. bucrightoff - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    First day of free agency means terrible contracts aplenty. The money is alright I guess, the term is a joke. Buyout by season 5.

  9. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I have solved the puzzle. Green Mountain BOY is Habsman. Typical whining from the biggest whiners in the NHL. The Montreal Toilet-seats.


    It’s a pity Chara couldn’t just stomp on the entire fan base like Godzilla. Or knock them all into their own private stanchions. At least the whining and crying (and diving) would be SOMEWHAT merited.

    Be hey, the new coach speaks French, right?

    • amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      But hey….typo.

    • timsabourin - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      please stop

    • drewzducks - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Think you’re right about greenmountsboys.

  10. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Sure, but only because you asked nicely.

  11. 950003cups - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Losing Clarkson is gonna hurt the Devils very much.

    Good luck to him. He’s a good dude off the ice. Glad he made a nice check.

  12. deezenucks - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Overpay much?! And 7 years for a 30 year old.. I thought they fired Burke

    • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Whose career peak is 46 points, no less. Guy’s worth maybe $4.5m a season max, and that’s still probably steep. And seven years is madness.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        That 46 points was a career year, Clarkson screams of a player who should be given a $3 million a year contract for 2 or 3 years, because that’s top money for a third liner. Clarkson would be valuable as a third liner sometimes second liner but the Leafs are now paying him like he’s a 1st/2nd line player, I don’t blame Clarkson for signing this contract but the Toronto fans and media are going to tear him apart when he doesn’t light it up.

      • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        He’s a definite buyout in future. Probably won’t make it three years on that cap hit.

  13. hy3rid28 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    someone call there cops Toronto just got raped… 5.25 and 7 years for someone who is a 30-40 pt player tops, haha thats great

    • sizzle299 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      not funny. rape is serious. every year there are 100+ cases in brother-sister rape in the US. Statistically, 99% of them occur in western PA and end up being Penguins fans

  14. kaptaanamerica - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    This was a massive overpayment.Brian Burke was right that some GM s lose their minds on free agent feeding day.Lols, Nonis lost his mind and pants.

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