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Clarkson gets two game suspension for high hit on Sobotka

Dec 14, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

The NHL has decided to suspend Toronto’s David Clarkson for two games over his headshot to St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka during
Thursday’s game.

Sobotka didn’t sustain an injury as a result of the incident, but Clarkson is a repeat offender after being handed an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a 2013 preseason contest to join a fight.

This is the latest in a long line of suspensions for the Maple Leafs this season. In addition to Clarkson’s two suspensions, the NHL has also punished Dion Phaneuf (two games, boarding), arter Ashton (boarding, two games), Nazem Kadri (goalie interference, three games), and Phil Kessel (slashing, three games).

Clarkson will be eligible to return against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 17. He’ll also surrender $109,576.10 in salary, which brings his total losses to $378,806.90 for the 2013-14 campaign, according to Sportsnet’s David Alter.

He’s in the first season of a seven-year, $36.75 million contract.

Here’s the NHL’s video explanation:

  1. 950003cups - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    This is BS. He was never like that in NJ. His contract and the pressure of playing in Toronto is getting to him. I wish they would trade him back to is and absorb some of his cap money.

    He’s just wasting his time in Toronto. He’s a good dude. He would never leave the bench in NJ. He’s never had illegal head shots here either.

    Come home David.

    • Mark - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      I wish the Leafs would trade him back too. Brutal to watch right now.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Yeah right. Guy hasn’t been playing like an All Star in his first 20+ games of a seven year contract, better get rid of him.

        People like you make it tougher to be a Leafs fan than actually watching the games does.

      • Mark - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        My response wasn’t because of his first 20 games, but thanks for judging me. I wanted the Leafs to keep Grabovski (who is on pace for 62 points in 74 games despite averaging 16 minutes) over Bozak, to keep MacArthur over signing Clarkson to that ridiculous contract, and to use Liles over Fraser. But no, the Leafs had to get rid of Grabovski because Carlyle couldn’t use him properly and he had one bad year in a shortened season. MacArthur had to go because we needed a “tough” winger like Clarkson, and Fraser was “tough” which is why the Leafs needed to keep him.

        All of those moves were obvious at the time, and the moves Nonis made just look worse in hindsight. Bozak has been unproductive and injury prone, Fraser has dragged down the third pairing on D (and doesn’t belong in the NHL), and Clarkson hasn’t been very effective in the limited time he’s played.

        For the record, no I’m not judging Clarkson based on the limited time he’s played. I was disappointed in the signing when it happened.

        If people like me were in charge of the Leafs, Carlyle would have been fired, the Leafs wouldn’t be running Orr and McClaren on the fourth line, and the Leafs would be running their 12 best forwards and 6 best defencemen, something that has yet to happen with Carlyle in charge.

  2. calden99 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Where the hell is thorntans suspension??

    • 950003cups - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      The league is currently awaiting permission from the Bruins organization to suspend him. They permitted the NHL only a 2 week suspension to be served during the Olympic break.

    • killerpgh - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Rumor is around 4:00 today it will be announced.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Darn, I was hoping he would play today! Now the Leafs will need to put someone useful in.

  4. joey4id - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    This video explains very well what didn’t happen when Orpik hit Eriksson. In that case the head was not the principal point of contact. In this case Clarkson did not get anything but the dead. Orpik on the other hand made contact with the chest of Eriksson making it the primary point of contact. These videos are great.

  5. crazemastercraze - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    What a way to earn millions a year. Clarksons agent is a mastermind

  6. jhaegs - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Wonder if Sobotka is still feeling the effects of this hit. He only played 4min in the 2nd and say out the entire 3rd vs the Jackets tonight. I’m hoping it was just precautionary.

  7. sporkov - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    How is this only 2 games?

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