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Toronto Trades David Clarkson To Columbus For Nathan Horton

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired right wing David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Clarkson, 30, has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 955 penalty minutes in 544 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils, while adding 5-9-14 and 79 penalty minutes in 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has collected 10-5-15 and 92 penalty minutes in 58 games this season.

“David Clarkson has been a 30-goal scorer in the NHL who will bring added character and leadership to our group and we believe he will be a valuable contributor to our team,” said Kekalainen. “While we are excited to welcome David to the Blue Jackets, it is also difficult that Nathan’s time here has ended prematurely due to his injury situation. He is a tremendous person and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Toronto release below...

added 6:26pm,

 

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the hockey club has acquired forward Nathan Horton from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward David Clarkson.

Horton, 29, has not skated this season due injury (back). The native of Welland, Ontario has appeared in a total of 627 career NHL regular season games between Columbus, Boston and Florida, registering 421 points (203 goals, 218 assists). Horton has also skated in 43 career NHL playoff games, collecting 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) while winning a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011.

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What the what?

Posted by Garth on 02/26/15 at 06:21 PM ET

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The last I had heard was Horton was feeling a bit better, but not close to returning.

Anyone recall Horton saying he signed with Columbus because they were a small market, away from all the media attention?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/26/15 at 06:23 PM ET

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Gotta be mostly for cap reasons.  Frees up space in Toronto and gives Columbus an actual player for close to the same amount they were paying Horton.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 02/26/15 at 06:24 PM ET

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Wow.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/26/15 at 06:24 PM ET

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Understoo Canuck,.,, But with Horton on LTIR they were getting relief.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/26/15 at 06:25 PM ET

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Horton had a NMC too, so he had to approve deal.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/26/15 at 06:29 PM ET

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ummm (checks calendar) its not April 1 just yet

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/26/15 at 06:30 PM ET

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Columbus has plenty of cap room, so adding Clarkson isn’t an issue.  They’re at least getting a player at that price.  For TO, it frees up $5+M next year.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 02/26/15 at 06:31 PM ET

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Da faq is this ? Can Philly trade Pronger too ?

Posted by aerodude on 02/26/15 at 06:31 PM ET

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Toronto got rid of one of there Contract Mistakes.  I am not a Clarkson fan but haven’t seen much of Horton.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/26/15 at 06:32 PM ET

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Snuh?

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 02/26/15 at 06:32 PM ET

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aero, I would say yes, nothing to stop them.

I understand why Columbus made the trade, but Clarkson.  Hell, ask for Kessel, Lupul or Phaneuf.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/26/15 at 06:32 PM ET

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Another team bailed out of a bad contract. No wonder GMs are willing to sign them.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/26/15 at 06:38 PM ET

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Hell, ask for Kessel, Lupul or Phaneuf.

Bob McKenzie said Lupul and Kessel had contracts which made them unmovable as there is a lot of bonus $$$

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/26/15 at 06:38 PM ET

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Kenny asleep at the wheel again!.......why weren’t the wings in on Horton..???......

Guys just don’t want to play in Detroit I guess…...

raspberry

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/26/15 at 06:39 PM ET

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Yeah Paul, one player sits in the stands the other in the press box, I think Kessel would have been the best option. He gets under the media radar and CBJ gets some scoring and has the tight checking / grabing / holding on the back end to cover for his flubs.

Posted by aerodude on 02/26/15 at 06:41 PM ET

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I think the below item via twitter is hilarious.

PumperNicholl ‏@PumperNicholl
*unrolls biblical scroll*

“...only when the two llamas are captured will the Maple Leafs be free of the Clarkson Curse…”

Posted by pautna on 02/26/15 at 06:52 PM ET

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I think Kessel would have been the best option. He gets under the media radar and CBJ gets some scoring and has the tight checking / grabing / holding on the back end to cover for his flubs.

They haven’t had much luck with snipers (Nash, Carter, Gaborik), so maybe they weren’t interested in trying that again.  Horton and Clark play a similar style, so maybe they just wanted to replace Horton.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 02/26/15 at 07:12 PM ET

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Not sure why the previous comment didn’t show the quote.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 02/26/15 at 07:14 PM ET

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I fixed it Can,,, was missing a /.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/26/15 at 07:16 PM ET

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So now, all Nonis has to do is trade Kessel to Boston for Marc Savard, and Phaneuf to Philly for Chris Pronger and all’s right with the world.

...Let’s see, there’s also Mattias Ohlund in Tampa…hmmmmm…Who to trade? Who to trade?

Hey. If you’re going to exploit a loophole, may as well go balls-to-the-wall, all the way with it.

Posted by icehound on 02/26/15 at 10:30 PM ET

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Understoo Canuck,.,, But with Horton on LTIR they were getting relief.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/26/15 at 06:25 PM ET

Cap relief means nothing in this case Paul.  It has to do with actual finances.

CBS’s finances are as such that they still had to pay Horton and they apparently didn’t like that, given that he’s not able to play at all.  So in *their* view even Clarkson is an “upgrade” w/ his terrible contract because he at least can be thrown out onto the ice to actually play.  Basically, CBS balked at the idea of paying someone too hurt to play.

It kinda reflects pretty poorly upon the CBS organization, honestly.

Posted by Primis on 02/27/15 at 09:04 AM ET

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