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frankgrimes

David Clarkson is a Maple Leaf

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You think we should over pay a 30 point per year guy for 7 years?

Just look at the Leafs now:

Orr, Frazer, McLaren, Clarkson thats 4 guys willing to drop the gloves and cause havok, Leafs are going to have a lot of fun with the Wings they are really tough now :(

Lucic set the price for powerforwards, Clarkson IS a powerforward so I am not surprised with the type of deal he got.

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Leafs have lost their area of strength this year. Last year they were big, strong and fast. They lost McCarther, Grabo, Komorov who were all speed players for them.

Leafs will miss the playoffs next year.

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Leafs have lost their area of strength this year. Last year they were big, strong and fast. They lost McCarther, Grabo, Komorov who were all speed players for them.

Leafs will miss the playoffs next year.

This year they are even bigger, stronger who cares about fast? This team is going to be a hell to play against, much like Boston.

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Boston are hell to play against because they have a lot of good players. That some of them are big and tough is just gravy. People make the same mistake about the 07 Ducks - they were good because they had a lot of good players and had at least 1 HOF defenceman on the ice for 50 minutes a night, not because George Parros was on the 4th line.

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Wow...Nonis just entered the "Burke" zone of silly contracts...

In 2, or 3 seasons they'll be kicking themselves.

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Not getting him?

Powerforwards are a rarity in the "new" NHL.

I really don't understand this idea of yours that he's a power forward. He's of unexceptional size, he's slow, he's average in the hits department, and he doesn't possess an excellent shot.

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I've been doing some forum-going on the subject; a collective groan has gone up from Leafs Nation at Clarkson's contract, and fans from every other team are laughing at Nonis.

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CLarkson striking the iron while it's hot and getting paid. He's a very good 3rd liner nothing more nothing less.

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That's a lot of money for him and Bozak lmmfao.

You people who think the "Big Bad East" is going to be problems...you're dumb. It's not going to be any worse than playing the Preds, Ducks or Sharks.

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Can't believe the Leafs would decide to get tougher.

Yikes.

Yeah, you'd think they'd want to get better.

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Yeah, you'd think they'd want to get better.

Well, they did get Bolland.

Clarkson is a good player. Not sure if he'll live up to that contract, though.

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The difference between real GMs and armchari GMs is:

These guys have seens tons of games in person, they know the ins and outs and team needs. As a armchari GMs the best we can do, is looking at some internet stats and judge most of the players by them but stats aren't telling the whole story.

Clarkson is - according to many experts - a guy, that can play and provide different things: screen the goalie, be physical, create room for the more skilled guys (Bickell showed how important that is), will stick up for his teammates and provide leadership. So basically this is a guy, who is giving a team a lot of options he was UFA for sure he is going to get overpaid.

I really don't understand the hate against him, great player and sadfully he will show it against the Wings.

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I lived in New Jersey for 4 years and made some friends, two in which I have now kept in touch with since the late 1990s and they are die hard Devils fans. Spoke with both of them today in a chat as we were hanging out watching the UFA period unfold and both were overjoyed to be rid of Clarkson. Before his one productive season I heard from them very frequently how sorry of a player he was, how they wanted him gone, how he took idiotic penalties in key situations and cost that team games because of it. Both also agreed which is also where I stand that he had an abnormally good season which he played well above his skill level and is highly unlikely to repeat another season like it. For that reason alone, two close friends of mine who have been devils fans for as long as i've been a Wings fan put enough negativity in my head about Clarkson over the years that it's hard to not pay attention to their feelings about him.

Clarkson got overpaid, and we'll see as the season progresses that not paying him that much was a great decision for us. He's a $3.5 mil player that got a free agency day contract that I believe Toronto will regret.

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I really don't understand the hate against him, great player and sadfully he will show it against the Wings.

He maybe a good player. He has not been great so far and it is not a sure bet that he ever will be. $37M over 7 years is too much for this guy.

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