Leafs re-sign Tyler Bozak for 5 years, $21 million (4.2 AAV); sign Clarkson for 7 years, 36.75 (5.25 AAV)

Leafs re-sign Tyler Bozak for 5 years, $21 million (4.2 AAV); sign Clarkson for 7 years, 36.75 (5.25 AAV)

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The Leafs extended their relationship with center Tyler Bozak and signed winger David Clarkson from Free Agency. Bozak’s new deal is a 5-year, $21M deal while Clarkson comes in on a 7-year contract worth just north of $5M per over that span. Clarkson’s contract includes limited No-Trade and No-Movement clauses.

We all know what Bozak brings, and, in my mind, it’s nowhere close to the term and contract value received. As for Clarkson, it’s an overpayment yes, one that doesn’t worry me so much; not because of him not really being a true 30 goal scorer, but because he’s a player who does numerous other things to help your team.

David has a solid frame and plays a hard nosed game. He can defend teammates and is a dangerous offensive player on both wings. Clarkson can create havoc when utilized up close on the powerplay. He’s strong on the cycle, he provides net presence and can finish in tight. The Leafs needed a forward like him.

BUT. It’s the term on the contract is what I find most baffling. Clarkson is 29 years old, and even if he can continue to play on the level shown during the last two years (45 goals in 128 games, 216 PIMs in that span) he probably won’t be at that level for even 2/3 of the contract duration.

While Clarkson is an upgrade on MacAthur, MacArthur just went to Ottawa for 3.25 million for 2 years. Make of it what you will.

Discuss.

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733 comments
peterbleafs
peterbleafs

I think Id do:

Lupul  Kadri  Clarkson
JVR   Bozak   Kessel

Kulemin Colborne  Bolland

xxxx  McClement  Orr

Mattmark
Mattmark

Looks like that "29 other teams would love to have Bozak" market didn't exist after all.  It also looks like Nonis is betting that Kadri, and maybe Colborne, can evolve into reliable point-producing centres.

jimyor
jimyor

happy to be keeping bozak,he still has some upside. clarkson is just what we need .I only worry about one season at a time,not seven.i also like our defence with all the young guys, so lets start using them.   go leafs

Jantz
Jantz

Time to go back and hear the retards on TSN/sportsnet

Kouba
Kouba

No change for Krusty anyway, will get boos at Scotiabank as usual .

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

Look at it this way, we traded Grabo and Mac for Clarkson and Bolland, that my friends is a no brainer and we are paying the same money too

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

Looks like the site has crapped out so c u gents and ladies later. Glad we had each other for support on the best leaf's site this side of the universe. Took a look at the PPP suiciders where they had 70 comments all day to our thousands yet they always make fun of us for being "morons". 

Joe
Joe

Grabovski @ 5.5  million > Bozak @ 4.25 million > Bozak @ 1.5 million...How many goals did Bozak set up for Kessel all last season? Or any damn season for that matter... 

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

Just need a nasty bell ringer on defense and w e are set!

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

Leafs gain more physicality but lose speed. Still need more improvement in the D

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

im very happy leafs didnt get caught up in the hype and gave out a horrible deal like clowe..... been a very good day . bigger and better ....

1DERYRS
1DERYRS

I'm still intrigued/nervous as to what is going to happen with Franson ... haven't heard anything other then that tweet this morning

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

It feels like Christmas....all the anticipation and its over in an hour lol

Irishfanman
Irishfanman

Good signings...Clarkson is a gamer...he will be 35 when contract expires, that's ok...Bernier, Bolland...upgrades...Bozak is all right, there were no other options out there that were doable obviously

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Fraser McLaren for $700 k, good signing.

bear19
bear19

Sure, worry about term in the UFA market and 7 teams pass you...

Very happy with Clarkson....Bozie 's contract OK

rustynail
rustynail

damn refreshed and lost a zillion comments

Glorydaze
Glorydaze

I guess you had someone else in mind to take face-offs? Oh sorry, you know better than Nonis and Carlyle and most other insightful hockey minds.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@dlb eh Know what the problem is?  I don't get TSN2.  TSN1is showing tennis.

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@wiski just sent a message to the wing not wing fan scott accross the street,saying we got a clarkson and detoilet gets as Alfie lmao ,pass the gerital please lmao ,wonders what he s going to say now ,we are going to cream the wings   like 91 92

ingy56
ingy56

@Radar O'Rielly Lets head to Lundy's Lane for another battle....or just head to the Sundowner instead. 

1DERYRS
1DERYRS

@Ze_theLeafsFan Didn't someone already say to you that Bolland and Clarkson are by no means "slow"... we may not have lost THAT much speed up front

KingTon
KingTon

@rustynail It seems to do that a lot.  It then gradually reloads them all.  Annoying.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@Glorydaze When has a Leafs management team ever made a mistake? Good point. What was I thinking.

I'd pay 4.25m for 5 years to get 51% on the dot any day of the week. Twice on Sundays in fact.