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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
There are days, David Clarkson said, where he plays with his three young kids or skates with a local high school team, and his back gives him a glimmer of hope that an NHL comeback is possible.
But then there are days — like the one just three weeks ago — when the 32-year-old feels so far away from pulling a Blue Jackets jersey over his head.
"I literally couldn't get out of bed," Clarkson said. "I couldn't move. My wife had to call the docs and I laid there and waited for the muscle relaxers to kick in before I could start the day."
Clarkson hasn't been heard from or seen in the Blue Jackets dressing room since late last season. He showed up quietly a week before training camp in September, asked to take a physical he knew he'd fail, and then got out of the way when the Blue Jackets' healthy players arrived.
In a nearly one-hour sit-down with The Dispatch, Clarkson's eyes welled more than a few times on both ends of the emotional spectrum.
Sportsnet's Damien Cox suggests that the Toronto Maple Leafs must take an aggressive approach to pre-draft-day trades in order to move out bodies and bring in both younger prospects and picks, and while this entry fits under, "KK Hockey" more than my blog, I (George) read this as a Red Wings fan and thought, "How did two months suddenly turn Toronto's trash into another man's treasure?"
To be in position to get the best players over the next few years, more picks are needed and winning has to become a secondary goal, which means people have to go. Phaneuf almost went at the trade deadline to Detroit, and that’s a scenario that will be revisited, even though the Leafs have yet to hire a new general manager. Shanahan feels comfortable making major deals with Mark Hunter, Kyle Dubas and Mike Babcock at his side, and the Red Wings may be willing to give up the futures now that they weren’t willing to relinquish in March when a deal that featured Phaneuf going to Motown for the contract of Stephen Weiss and defenceman Brendan Smith wasn’t concluded because the Leafs also wanted futures the Wings weren’t willing to surrender at that point.
Yes, because Teemu Pulkkinen scoring like a machine during two-and-a-half rounds of the Grand Rapids Griffins' playoffs = he's totally redundant.
Kessel, meanwhile, has seven years to go at $8 million per, but even in an off, off season he potted 25 goals. There’s no obvious match here, but lots of teams failed in the playoffs or missed them because they struggled to score and could have interest in the winger.
And so they're supposed to surrender major compensation for someone described by the Toronto media as nothing more than a malcontent and a cancer?
Bozak and Lupul would be the next two on the list, and if Kessel can’t be moved, they are easier to deal. Lupul has three years left at $5.25 million, Bozak three more at $4.2 million.
The Leafs have demonstrated in the David Clarkson trade with Columbus and the Phaneuf talks with Detroit they’re willing to absorb salary if that’s what it takes to make a deal. Moreover, they’re keenly aware that once the free agent market opens July 1, and with the cap likely to increase only to about $71 million, their options to move these players are likely to be reduced significantly as budgets get spent.
That doesn't mean their prices have gone up since the trade deadline, when the Leafs weren't able to consummate deals for any of the above-listed players.
Cox continues, and I'm not trying to rip the guy, but let's just say I think his take on the value of the players the Maple Leafs' press corps bashed for the entire 2014-15 season aren't any higher because other teams are desperate to take the Leafs' problem children on this summer.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the inevitable "falls" of Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel as the main topic in his Sunday notebook, but you and I both know that numbers 3 and 81 will be exiting Toronto in salary-and-or-player-dumps soon, and we all know that Jaromir Jagr's ability tos core in the "Dead Puck" era was (and now is again) pretty damn impressive, so this set of observations strikes me as the most pertinent "chunk" of Simmons' notebook:
Before trading David Clarkson to Columbus, the Leafs thought they had a deal going that would have sent him back to New Jersey. The player whose contract would have swapped in exchange has not been confirmed, but quite likely it’s the concussed Ryan Clowe ... There was significant interest in Roman Polak at the NHL deadline, including from his former team, the St. Louis Blues. The Leafs like what Polak gives them from a stability and maturity point of view, something the current team is lacking in ... Pretty sure Ron Wilson was an advocate of Phaneuf being named captain of the Leafs. Wasn’t he the coach at the time? ... The narrative once was that the Leafs won the trade that brought Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner to Toronto in exchange for Francois Beachemin. The standings don’t agree. Since then, the Leafs are playing .497 hockey and the Ducks are accumulating points at a .638 clip ... If you don’t love the Andrew Hammond, Hamburglar, story, you don’t love sports. I’m doing something I don’t remember doing before: I quietly cheering for the Ottawa Senators.
Simmons continues, discussing his usual potpourri of Sunday sports topics.
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COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
added 9:31pm, Watch the segment below...
Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.
Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.
Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.
According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;
Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;
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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The first thing you need to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs escape from salary cap jail is that it was the Columbus Blue Jackets who first proposed Thursday’s stunning David Clarkson for Nathan Horton swap.
In fact, the Leafs probably wouldn’t have even believed such a transaction was possible with Horton’s career in jeopardy because of a serious back injury.
However, they learned in recent days that Horton’s contract wasn’t insured and Columbus didn’t want to pay the veteran winger $26.1-million over the next five years to not play. Given that Toronto no longer wanted to pay Clarkson $27.5-million for the next five years to play, there was a perfect fit.
Everything basically came together in a little more than a day.
"The money lined up, which was a big part of it," said Toronto GM Dave Nonis.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Maple Leafs got rid of Clarkson's contract and the only thing it costs them is money, which they seem to print no matter what is happening with the team on the ice. That's an easy win and the Leafs haven't had a lot of wins, easy or otherwise, on the ice, so they might as well celebrate this one. All shots aside, though, it's a smart move for the Leafs to use their financial wherewithal to their advantage. It can't happen as often under a salary cap system, but it worked in this situation and it's a pretty good sign that the Maple Leafs were creative enough to find a way to escape their biggest contract mistake.
Scott Cullen of TSN where you can read more on the trade.
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...
This hit drew Paul's eye, so take note, per the Canadian Press's Kelsey Patterson:
The Montreal Canadiens picked up two points on Saturday by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in a shootout.
But they had to do it without defenceman Sergei Gonchar, who left with an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return after a questionable hit from Toronto's David Clarkson.
The 40-year-old blue-liner was playing a loose puck behind Carey Price's net when Clarkson pushed him with both hands into the boards. Gonchar fell awkwardly and remained on his knees for several seconds.
Clarkson, who was assessed a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for the hit, didn't feel the hit was dirty and was even surprised to be sent to the dressing room early.
"I haven't seen it, but I think I got him in the shoulder," said Clarkson. "You don't like to see a guy go in awkwardly. I'm not sure of much more than that. I was just finishing my check. I didn't know I was kicked out."
David Clarkson received a five minute major for interference, five for fighting and a game.
Gonchar left with an upper-body injury and is out.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The situation has already turned awkward and seems destined to become ugly.
Not yet two full seasons into a monster seven-year deal, neither David Clarkson nor the Toronto Maple Leafs can believe where they find themselves right now.
Clarkson was nowhere to be seen when the Leafs ended an 11-game losing streak on Saturday night after being made a healthy scratch. That could soon become a trend with interim coach Peter Horachek hinting that he’s inclined to stick with the same lineup against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
While it’s not unprecedented to sit a well-paid NHL player — Clarkson’s $5.25-million cap hit is tied for third-highest on the team — it is unusual to do so when he has this much term remaining on his deal.
“I don’t really look at the contract,” Horachek said after Monday’s practice. “I know it, I understand the political ramifications of everything that goes on. I have to try to push myself into just staying as a coach and doing what I think is best for the team.”
This is where it becomes tricky.
Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' notes:
What Leafs management likes most about Nazem Kadri — his inherent cockiness — is also what they like least. It’s good to have that when you’re producing. Kadri’s assist Friday night in Columbus was his first in 18 Toronto games, dating back to last season. ... Determined to get David Clarkson back on track this season, the Leafs coaching staff watched every game he played in his final two seasons in New Jersey this summer to get a sense of what he did well. So far, the reset, as Randy Carlyle calls it, seems to be working out just fine.
With 712 wins, Joel Quenneville is two seasons away from moving past Al Arbour on the NHL list of all-time coaching victories. He will end up second but nowhere near Scotty Bowman’s 1,244 wins . Quenneville, by the way, began his coaching career as a playing assistant to Marc Crawford with the Leafs farm team in St. John’s.
This is a tough time for hockey royalty: Gordie Howe, Arbour, Pat Quinn are all struggling. Wish all of them, and others we may not know about, the best. And from football, our friend, Dick Thornton, who writes via e-mail: “I’m fighting the best I can.” You can follow Tricky Dicky at http://www.coachthornton.com.
Simmons continues at length...
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
David Clarkson, whose eye and possibly his cheek were damaged in a fight with Cody McCormick, will be checked Monday after swelling made it impossible to determine the extent of his facial injuries.
“He’s to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist,” coach Randy Carlyle said Sunday morning. “That’s where we’re at. We’re all concerned. It’ll be one thing (a possible long-term injury) or another. The issue was that yesterday, the swelling was still up there and they can do a better assessment with the picture.”
Given that Clarkson has twice put himself into the middle of costly pre-season incidents (a 10-game suspension resulted from a brawl with the Sabres last September), Carlyle was asked about the veteran winger keeping emotions in check.
“There would be certain times where you’re best suited to turn the other cheek, depending on the opponent,” Carlyle said. “But it’s something that has been done and now we have to deal with it.”
read on for more on the Leafs and watch the fight below...
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.”