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Today, NHL.com's "30 in 30" series profiles the Toronto Maple Leafs, and NHLcom discusses "advanced stats" angle as it applies to the Leafs' roster (see: Kyle Dubas' hiring as the Leafs' assistant GM), Jake Gardiner's contract extension, the Leafs' top prospects and the team's front office and roster turnover--as well as the goaltending issue--but there are other questions which remain very pertinent that don't involve Babcock-to-TO rumors or jitters about Phil Kessel's lack of social graces, as noted by NHL.com's Sean Farrell in "five questions" form:
3. What role will forward David Clarkson play? -- A rebound or not from a disappointing debut season in Toronto will tell the tale.
With the depth that the Maple Leafs have added up front, it may prove difficult for Clarkson to find playing time in the top six. That said, if Clarkson brings the kind of two-way game he is capable of, he would be a formidable third-line presence.
Clarkson was spotted training with Sid-the-no-longer-Kid, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, John Tavares and Kyle Okposo under the guidance of Darryl Belfry last week, in the sunny locale of Esthero, FL...
To his credit, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' weekly notebook includes exactly one mention of the "advanced stats" community, and it's one that voices a thought many of us have considered since Extraskater.com went "offline"...
When the analytics website @extraskater disappeared on Friday, my assumption was that creater Darryl Metcalf had been hired by an NHL team
(or the NHL itself, given that its new "terms of service" all but ban the kind of activity Extra Skater and Behind the Net engage in)
And Simmons issues a pretty dang solid set of NHL-related tidbits and observations:
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers a little less time to hockey notes in the middle of the summer, and aside from his weekly anti-Corsi rant, here's the gist of his hockey commentary from his Sunday notebook:
What happens if David Clarkson is as inept in Year 2 with the Leafs as he was in Year 1? Do they want a $5-million player on their fourth line (who isn’t Mike Richards)? Or will Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment swallow hard and send him to the minors, even if there is very little salary-cap help for doing so. In the end, performance will be up to Clarkson. One NHL scout makes a Michal Handzus comparison to Clarkson: “Los Angeles signed him to a large free-agent contract in ’07. And he sucked the first year. They were kind of frantic about that. But after that, he played OK for them. He really did."
Still available in free agency: Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov ... Went over the list of 234 unsigned free agents: The only one I had semi-interest in was Daniel Winnik, banging winger, formerly of the Anaheim Ducks
Simmons continues and discusses his usual myriad of topics...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
So when you ask Clarkson about the disappointment of last season, he’s swift to change the subject. You can’t blame him for not wanting to settle into a discussion of his worst year as a professional hockey player.
“It’s not a secret, right? At the end of the season, I obviously wasn’t happy,” Clarkson says. “No season goes the same, so you have to find a way to figure things out.
“So I went back to work right away and have been training as hard as I ever have. That’s what you have to do. There’s no summer where you train less than the one before. You look at how things went and work from there.”
Clarkson saw a two-and-a-half fewer minutes on the ice per night compared to his last year in Jersey; the third-highest-paid Leaf was seeing the 17th-most ice time (15:06). More critical, that 2:30 was all lost power-play time.
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
After a season so far defined—unflatteringly—by his contract, David Clarkson has a chance to prove that he’s more than years and zeroes and production that falls well short of what $36.75 million should provide fans and a franchise.
He’s got 25 games and hopefully a playoff series or two to make year one of his “local-boy-makes-good” signing something other than a frustrating prelude to a deal that lingers around Leafs general manager Dave Nonis for years to come.
The Toronto Maple Leafs forward claims to be only marginally aware that he’s routinely had the adjective “bust” attached to him on social media, in regular media and anywhere else that four goals and five assists in 39 games seems a poor return for the $5.25 million he’ll earn this season and the next six after that.
"If you had told me I was going to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs and get a 10-game suspension, try to get back into the good books and battle... It's been catch-up all year, I haven't been myself. I'm not happy with the way things have gone.
"But, to be a professional, you have to go out there and work hard and try to find a way around it. It's easy to complain about it. I've got to find a way to get back to work and do what I'm asked. Whatever role that is that Randy (Carlyle) wants me to go out and play, I have to do that. That's the bottom line. .Am I happy with the way things have gone? No.
"There's no way I'm happy. A 10-game suspension and you're behind the eight-ball. I'm a big believer in first impressions and mine was sitting in the press box while everyone gets 10 games in. Then you're trying to catch up. The first 10 games of the season is really when the season gets going. It's been a very tough year, but that's part of sports."
-David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs. More on Clarkson and the Devils too from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.
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.
continued plus more Leafs notes...
Brian Leetch explains the suspension.
Watch the hit below via Sporstnet,
Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson is considering appealing his 10-game suspension.
Clarkson was automatically assessed the ban when he left the bench on Sunday night to participate in a brawl with the Buffalo Sabres.
Because Clarkson's suspension is more than five games, the appeal process could include an independent arbitrator.
Any appeal would first be heard by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, but if he were to uphold the suspension, Clarkson could bring the appeal to an arbitrator.
The suspension to me is pretty much black and white. He left the bench and became involved in the brawl. End of story.
NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson has been automatically suspended for 10 regular-season games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct penalty for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to join an altercation during NHL preseason game No. 61 against th eBuffalo Sabres on Sunday, Sept. 22, in Toronto.
At 10:01 of the third period, Clarkson was assessed a game misconduct penalty under Rule 70.6, which states: "A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the player who was the first or second player to leave the players' or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams."
The proprietor and I were sort of hoping for a nice, quiet Sunday night on KK, and that seemed to be the case until about 9:30, when the Maple Leafs and Bruins engaged in massive amounts of dumb and/or exciting fighting. Hockeyfights.com posted what may be the longest and most context-setting clip of the bouts (and you will all be shocked, of course, to find out that John Scott was chirping at the Leafs' bench before he tried to fight Phil Kessel, David Clarkson hopped off the bench and five minutes of adventures in knuckle-punching took place)...
And while the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby and Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk did a fine job of capturing the Leafs' post-game reaction, and the Olean Times-Herald's Bill Hoppe told the Sabres' side of the story (not-so-shockingly, neither team chose to make the principals in instigation and jumping off the bench, respectively, available to the media), Sportsnet's Chris Johnston noted that the incredibly high likelihood that prized free agent signing David Clarkson will be suspended for ten games makes the Leafs' cheek-to-cheek dance with the salary cap quite complicated:
$6.125 million per year for David Clarkson.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Clarkson said he hasn’t thought about whether tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins could be his last home game as a Devil. After facing the Penguins, the Devils close out the season Saturday afternoon against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden and Clarkson doesn’t know what will happen after that.
“I haven’t really thought about it yet,” Clarkson said. “I’m going to finish these two games and play my hardest. I haven’t thought about this being my last home game.”
Clarkson said again he’d like to re-sign with the Devils, but also acknowledges that he doesn’t know if he will be back.
“I’ve enjoyed playing here,” he said. “I don’t know what’s ahead, but I haven’t really thought about that. It’s not something that’s come into my mind or mindset. I’m going to go out there and play like we’re still in and we’re still fighting for something and that’s all I can do.”
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Just like that, the Devils now grab the home-ice advantage.
It was the Rangers who had difficulty scoring goals tonight and although they controlled the 1st period, it was the Devils who had more of an offensive push in the 2nd and 3rd periods.
Game 3 is in New Jersey on Saturday at 1:00pm, so the extra day to travel eight miles will be put to good use for both teams.
Here’s the game winner from David Clarkson early in the 3rd period, Jim Hughson of HNIC with the call…
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Averting possible arbitration or, perhaps, a trade, the Devils have signed RW David Clarkson to a three-year contract, The Post has learned.
Clarkson, 26, is believed to have agreed to salaries of $2 million, $3 million and $3 million in his new contract
Clarkson made $875G last season, a campaign ruined by a broken leg suffered from a Zdeno Chara slapshot Nov. 27. He missed 13 games before returning too soon, and after playing two games, went back on the shelf for 23 more. Clarkson was tied for the second-most goals on the team when he blocked Chara’s shot. He finished 11-13-24 in 46 games.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Jacques Lemaire said they won’t know the full extent of right wing David Clarkson’s right ankle injury until Saturday morning, but all signs point to Clarkson having a broken ankle. Clarkson blocked a shot by Boston’s Zdeno Chara just 2:08 into the game and had to crawl to the bench to get off the ice.
“It doesn’t look good,” Lemaire said after today’s 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins at TD Garden. “It does not look good. We’ll see more tomorrow. We’ll have more news.”