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David Clarkson May Become The Next Larry Murphy In Toronto

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

We’re starting to wonder whether David Clarkson is destined to get the Larry Murphy treatment.

This town can be tough on its so-called saviours, which Clarkson is starting to see first-hand.

It begins like this: A player who is great somewhere else comes to the Leafs as the missing piece of the puzzle. He gets off to a slow start. The team under-performs. He's blamed. Cutting bait, the GM panics, sends the star player elsewhere for far less than market value. He becomes a star again.

In case you’ve forgotten about Murphy’s case, the Scarborough native's time with the Leafs was the only lull of his Stanley Cup-filled career. In 1995, the Leafs gave up Dmitri Mironov and a second-round pick to Pittsburgh for Murphy, a Canada Cup hero. He was booed mercilessly by the crowds at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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I’d be really good with this if it meant that the wings sent Weiss to Toronto and got Clarkson in return.

Posted by teldar on 12/17/13 at 01:20 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Heck, I’d even be willing to include Samuelsson as well.

Posted by Savage Henry on 12/17/13 at 01:31 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

David Clarkson can’t be the the next Larry Murphy because Larry Murphy was actually good before he came to Toronto.  David Clarkson is a big grinder with better then average skills for a player of his caliber, but at the end of the day, he’s still a grinder and not the second coming of Wendal Clark.  Honestly, Toronto signing Clarkson reminded me a lot of Boston’s failed Marty Lapointe experiment.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 12/17/13 at 01:44 PM ET


It’s articles like this that drive me crazy.  The guy just signed a 7 year deal and he has a modified No Trade Clause and a No Movement Clause!  He’s not going to quit this early into his time in Toronto.  If he’s still a disaster in 2 years then maybe he gets dealt.  Until then, he’s going to be a Leaf, and I couldn’t be any happier.  He fits that stupid organization perfectly.

Posted by Wise1 on 12/17/13 at 01:51 PM ET


He’s not going to quit this early into his time in Toronto.

Who suggested that he was?

The writer compared him to Larry Murphy who played nearly two full seasons before being traded.

The suggestion of the article is clearly that Clarkson could become a scapegoat the way Murphy was during his time in Toronto and that it could lead to him being preamturely given up on.  Becoming “the next Larry Murphy” doesn’t mean you’re going to get traded halfway through your first season, it means you unfairly become the scapegoat of an underachieving team.

Posted by Garth on 12/17/13 at 02:05 PM ET

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Clarkson is going to dye his hair and wear stupid hipster glasses?

Good luck in your broadcasting career, David..

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 12/17/13 at 02:40 PM ET


Murphy wasn’t great in Toronto, but they shouldn’t have been all that bent out of shape about it. To this day, Dmitry Mironov was probably the dumbest player at D I’ve watched for at least 100 games or so.

The Leafs traded a worthless guy for a good guy that underachieved a bit. That’s a big step up, imo.

Posted by larry on 12/17/13 at 03:18 PM ET


I hated that trade.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/17/13 at 04:19 PM ET

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