LiveFyre is still about 1,000 comments behind on the last one.
To a certain extent, signing Clarkson to an insanely long contract is part and parcel with playing the UFA game. If you want to upgrade in the short run through FA, and Clarkson does fill a need for this team, it is going to be by doing something regrettable down the line. It just seems to the nature of the business now; do now, think later, and hope the cap ceiling skyrockets. 7 years at 5.25 million for a 29-year-old second/third line winger who has broke 40 points once is insane. It disagrees with every ounce of logic in me. But I will like seeing Clarkson in the lineup in the fall. Bolland and Clarkson add a nice dimension to the forward group.
Re-upping Tyler Bozak at 4.2 for the next 5 years and buying out Grabovski to do it is simply something I’ll never understand. I’m not watching the same game, I guess. Locking Bozak down at a figure that ensures he’s a top 6 center here for years to come is just accepting perpetual mediocrity at the position. I could’ve understood buying out Grabo to open space for that true number one center. The Leafs haven’t done that here. Not even close.
If this was the grand plan for taking the Leafs from fringe playoff team to contender, count me as underwhelmed.
There are a number of posters that say that Clarkson who has only scored 40 points once in his career is signed for too much money and way too long a contract. Well in NJ they never went for offensive production first at any time. This could be a large part of why Clarkson did not have more offense.
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson
Kulemin - Bolland - ??????
????? - McClement - Orr/McLaren
Dion - Gunnar
Gardiner - Franson
Fraser - Liles
Pretty good day to be a Leafer, IMO.......can't wait to see the line combos Carlyle comes up with and looking forward to seeing some grit on all four lines. We will be harder to play against and will certainly be able to give as good or better than we get. :)
Can't believe NJD gave Olesz a million dollars after he's been in the minors for 3 years making millions more than he deserved.
Hey ...great signing for the Habs....I think Briere is 5 ft 6 ......they are getting tougher ...ha ha ha
@DeclanK If that was Brunner I'd be excited!
@WendelGilmour fin net ,grrr sucs
@WendelGilmour two actually
@wendelsway1 All we did was re-up Bozak and add Clarkson and add a depth guy. Not really a huge day, but progress none the less. We will pay for the 7 year deal for Clarkson down the road though, but in the mean time he should be a good addition.
@wendelsway1 yep, and we got some room for some young guys too. and comedy from all the know it alls ...
@wendelsway1 Now if only Toews wanted to play for us =)
@Cameron19 must be desperate
@dkl001 They got Parros too though
@Xxxxxnew Coming home, going to be some pride in him
My Christmas miracle wish this coming season would be for Colborne to have an impact as a regular on this team.
@rustynail If true, it just adds to what I think about Alfie. MSM keeps trying to convince me that Alfie is a classy player when I have seen nothing of the sort.
@rustynail ...and trading Schneider was what Gillis had in mind all along.
@Xxxxxnew His skating was so much better last year. I don't think it will take a miracle for him to start having an impact. I'm counting on him.