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  • Rumours: Leafs to buyout Clarkson?

    Less than a year after the Toronto Maple Leafs signed winger David Clarkson to a seven-year, $36.75-million contract, there’s speculation they could buy him out. Sportsnet’s Greg Brady recently reported via Twitter that colleague Doug MacLean said there will be “serious discussions” by Leafs management to consider buying out the remainder of Clarkson’s contract this summer to free up cap space.

    At the time of the signing, some in the Toronto media compared Clarkson to his idol, former Leafs captain Wendel Clark. Others, however, were critical of the Leafs paying so much to a player who only exceeded the 20-goal mark once in his NHL career.

    To call Clarkson’s first season with the Leafs disappointing is an understatement. It began with a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a pre-season game to join an on-ice altercation. Clarkson also received a two-game suspension in December for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues center Vladimir Sobotka. Foot, elbow and leg injuries sidelined the Leafs’ forward an additional 10 games. He’s now on pace for a career-worst 11-point season. ... -clarkson/

  • #2
    Re: Rumours: Leafs to buyout Clarkson?

    Anyone who thought the Leafs were sane is anything but - this would be a hilarious ending to a great Toronto career.


    • #3
      Re: Rumours: Leafs to buyout Clarkson?

      I wouldn't be surprised if the Sens traded for him if Toronto picked up half his salary as the article suggests could happen...


      • #4
        Re: Rumours: Leafs to buyout Clarkson?

        That's crazy. Easily one of the worst contracts in NHL history.