Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/17/13 at 12:50 PM ET
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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