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Clarkson to have hearing for Sobotka headshot

Dec 13, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

Another David Clarkson suspension?

The possibility is on the horizon as Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports Clarkson will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his headshot on St. Louis’ Vladimir Sobotka from Thursday night.

UPDATE: The NHL has confirmed the hearing.

Click here for a link to the incident in question (FF to 1:18):

Clarkson was given a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, roughly 10 minutes later, got into a fight with Blues defenseman Roman Polak.

(Clarkson wasn’t done there, either — he picked up a slashing penalty against Polak with 11 minutes to go in the third.)

Toronto’s high-profile free agent signing missed the start of the season due to a 10-game suspension levied during the preseason, when he left the bench to engage in a fight against Buffalo.

Since then, Clarkson has only managed to score two goals and six points in 23 games.

Kypreos reports the Clarkson hearing is set for Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    And just think, while he’s only costing you $4,500,000 this year, you get that production for the cost of $7,000,000 from 2016-2018!

    Its going to be a wonderful 7 years. 7 years.. Who walked under a ladder during the offseason?

    • eggserino - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      What a leader he is too! Taking games off and donating a portion of that generous salary to the injured players fund. Truly a giving individual. Maybe someday he’ll learn that what Toronto fans want is for him to give them goals and assists…

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        Hey, I love a community leader too. Who is as his a person obviously has 0 bearing on why the Maples Leafs gave him a contract, and you know that, so while you can throw that in my face, just remember, when a fourth liner is delivering pies to the homeless, and getting the same production as a guy getting paid 7 million for two straight years, I think you might want to take a giant step back and stop viewing it in blue shaded glasses with little leafs on them.

        I can’t knock anyone for their work in community they play. I can’t even knock David Clarkson as a player or person. I can knock an organization for singing said person to an unreal contract.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Good thing the devils didn’t keep him

    • nj666 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      its a shame they couldn’t keep him except by paying a reasonable price…

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        How could that happen when you have Maple Leaf ownership that loves to make seat of their pants, impulse buys?

        “We lost to the Bruins because we’re not big and tough enough”.

        “David Clarkson is big and tough. And available, though it might cost a lot given the market.”

        “Hmm.. Big and tough is what we need.”

        “He scored 30 goals once.”

        “Sold. Spare no expense!”

  3. slaugin - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    The missing link hahaha

  4. elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Easily a suspendable play, the NHL’s been tagging payers for contacting the head but not hitting squarely through the body all year.

  5. 950003cups - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Send him back to NJ and keep some cap money as punishment for being an utter fool. Clarkson will get back to form and be productive in NJ.

  6. mikemaric - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Edler got 3 games for essentially the same hit. Both repeat offenders? Not sure if leaving the bench counts for discipline or if that is somehow excluded from the supplementary discipline discussion?

  7. martysbetter - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Clarkson scoring 30 goals with the Devils wasn’t “Hey Clarkson scored 30 goals! He’s turning into a great player!” it was “Lol, Clarkson scored 30 goals this year.”

  8. beergold - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Lord love the Leafs! Giving us something to laugh and wonder about for over 40 years.

    Kessel – Mr. 8 million who just wants to be left alone to score 30 goals a year and never be touched!

    Neon – Mr. 6.5 million who just wants to vacation early each spring on PEI!

    Clarkson – Mr. 4.5 million who just wants to go back to never never land where he scored 30 goals one year!

    Lupal – Mr. Wrap me Twice in a Bubble Blanket before I go out THERE Is anyone on this team actually earning or worth there game wages?

    Kadri – Seen one to many “Rocky” movies at $3 mill per.

    The list is long and deep and the prospects for a Leaf team being a contender any time soon is just a little to far fetched to imagine.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Don’t forget, those numbers are THIS YEARS caps. I already used David as an example, as he goes all the way up to 7 mil. in 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. I mean, you better hope that things turn around, or else how else do you explain that? I know the caps going up, but thats by, what, 3.4 mil. each year? Thats one depth player, or several depth players, and a few extensions.

      I feel bad for Maple Leaf fans, and I swear I mean that. I like a ton of players on that team. What kills me is owners with these big personalities that are so into the game and city that they are too quick to make rash decisions based off what they feel at that minute, while the rest of the league and its agents fleece them over and over. Think about all the players they’ve gotten the wool pulled over their eyes over on trades. All the lopsided deals, lost picks, and huge contracts. Its like a game to see who can pick on them the best, and I honestly, truly, swear on my soul, feel bad sometimes.

  9. stevedurbano - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Am I the only one that feels sorry for Sobotka?

  10. jhaegs - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Sobotka has had a rough year. Head shot in the preseason that resulted in a suspension, a couple bad boarding hits on him, and two high sticks to the face a couple games ago. The guy is tough as nails and one of my favorites the past few years. Keep chuggin along little guy.

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