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.

  • pagelite

    5 Years WTF????? Better not be over 5 mi

  • Loric76

    lets wait and see what the deal is before we freak

    • tmlfan

      Loric76 this

    • Eye of the Tiger

      Loric76 slacker… freak now..

  • Black_Hawk

    Solid imo

  • KurtWhite

    my nightmares coming true

  • 1DERYRS

    all 471 listeners need to come here, now lol

  • tmlfan

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/353205036135886849
    Leafs finishing up on Bozak. 5 yrs under $4.5 per. Toronto also waiting for work from Clarkson on a 7 year offer. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TSN&src=hash

    • Black_Hawk

      tmlfan fuck you dreger

    • Araujo_DirtyAM

      tmlfan 7yrs/35 mil is what i called to my buddys

    • tmlfan

      7 YEARS? you sign franchise players to 7 year deals…. not David Clarkson… ffs

      • 2minutes

        It’s UFA day, all your wildest dreams and desires are met!

    • 2minutes

      And boom goes the dynamite!

  • darthNihilus

    We’ll survive- we always have.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Is that the Garrioch twins behind Bozak?

  • Maneet4

    under $4.5 million for bozo the clown

  • newkb

    Yay to mediocrity!!

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/353205036135886849
    Leafs finishing up on Bozak. 5 yrs under $4.5 per. Toronto also waiting for work from Clarkson on a 7 year offer. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TSN&src=hash

    • Black_Hawk

      Loric76 man doubt its 7 years

    • Cameron19

      Loric76 Hopefully like a million under 4.5, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    Under 4.5 million… thats not that bad…

    • KingTon

      RielledUp Bozie seems decent price wise.

  • rustynail

    ouch. will wait to hear what we pay first though

  • KurtWhite

    as long as Clarkson is cheaper then bozak im fine with it

  • tmlfan

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/353205382950293504
    Typing too fast. Leafs waiting on word from Clarkson on 7 year deal. Interested in AAV…sounds like less than $6 mil per. We’ll see.

  • .JVR.

    Was hoping to get Stephen Weiss, but I’m guessing he must be asking for $5-6 million.
    I can live with Bozak at $4.5, but still don’t think he’s worth that.  $3.5 for him would have been more appropriate.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/353205382950293504
    Typing too fast. Leafs waiting on word from Clarkson on 7 year deal. Interested in AAV…sounds like less than $6 mil per. We’ll see.

  • darthNihilus

    Even if we get Bozo/Clarkson I dont believe thats the end.

    • skippysleafs

      darthNihilus I agree not even close

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

        What else do you guys see coming?

  • skippysleafs

    ok so we get bozak for under 4.5 awesome I can live with that if clarkson get a little more

  • Black_Hawk

    Clarkson>Mac
    Bozak> nothing

    • tmlfan

      Black_Hawk Grabo>Bozak

      • Loric76

        tmlfan Black_Hawk maybe, but Grabo couldn’t play with Kessel.  Fuck everything else

        • Black_Hawk

          Loric76 tmlfan Black_Hawk yeah thats true

        • FrankFerrant

          Loric76 tmlfan Black_Hawk  That’s a myth. When was he ever given a chance to play with Phil?

      • moimoi

        tmlfan Black_Hawk Fact is that Bozak killed penalties for the #2 penalty killing unit in the league. Won over 50% of his draws. For 1 million less that’s not a bad deal.

        • FrankFerrant

          Bozak still sucks.

    • .JVR.

      Black_Hawk 
      Nope, I’d rather have Grabovski than Bozak

    • Alec Brownscombe

      Black_Hawk Clarkson at 5.5 < Mac at 3.2
      Grabovski at 5.5 > Bozak at 4.25.

      • .JVR.

        Alec Brownscombe
        I like Grabovski at $5.5 million better than Bozak at $4.25 million and Clarkson should probably only be paid $4.5 million.

      • Uncle Otis

        Alec Brownscombe Black_Hawk 
        Flip it all and I agree.

      • moimoi

        Alec Brownscombe Black_Hawk Mac was an afterthought on our team.

  • Tim Horton

    Fuck I love Clarkson but give me Burkes 5 year restriction over signing 3rd liners for 7 years anyday. This could come back to bite us. I really don’t want to sound like I am complaining, because like I said I love Clarkson, but 5 years from now he could be a shell of himself being payed 6 mil.

    • KurtWhite

      Tim Horton he already is a shell of himself…expect 15 goals 7 assists on toronto

  • KurtWhite

    cap space for someone worth the money> Clarkson

  • .JVR.

    Anybody else here rather have Grabovski at $5.5 million, than Bozak at $4.5 million?

    • Wilbur

      .JVR. Nope

      • .JVR.

        Wilbur
        Grabovski is better than Bozak

        • Wilbur

          .JVR. Wilbur That wasn’t the question though

        • .JVR.

          Wilbur
          It’s not even your fucking money.
          Who cares if Grabovski costs an extra million?  Give me the better player any day of the week!

        • rustynail

          .JVR. Wilbur its a cap world though

        • FrankFerrant

          rustynail .JVR. Wilbur  LOL and Bozak is going to be overpaid too! I’d rather left overpaid Grabovski and let Dale Dobak walk.

    • rustynail

      .JVR. nope

    • KingTon

      .JVR. no … but rather have something better than both but what can ya do

    • Black_Hawk

      .JVR. hope Bozak is 4M

    • Uncle Otis

      .JVR. 
      No

    • FrankFerrant

      .JVR.  YES

    • KurtWhite

      .JVR. yes!

    • Alec Brownscombe

      .JVR. Easily

    • toleafs

      yup

    • Captain Morgan

      .JVR. NEVER….didn’t his temper tantrum last night show you that he is selfish and not worried about doing the things that team needed him to do to win?

  • toleafs

    I miss Grabo already!!

    • Reimocerous

      toleafs boohoo

  • rustynail

    7 years for Clarkson has been my greatest nightmare

    • Black_Hawk

      rustynail That is gross

    • 2minutes

      One mans nightmare is another mans sick fantasy!

    • moimoi

      rustynail That’s a little long for sure, but what else do you expect from the current NHL? I’m not sure why you hate on him so much.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/ByKevinAllenhttps://twitter.com/ByKevinAllen/status/353206283609972738
    Hearing Predators will land both Stalberg and Cullen.

  • Glove Dropper

    Ideally Bozak is 3.5M…if it’s 4.25, that’s just the cost of UFA inflation

    • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

      -Keon-  
      Bolland

  • skippysleafs

    CAL signed karri ramo for 2yr 5.5 MIL ouch

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Frattking

    Does the fact the Bozak is one of the PK’ers help his case over Grabo?

    • skippysleafs

      Frattking Totally no prob here

  • Black_Hawk

    Man 5.5-6 for 7 Years is gross but we will have to suck it up.

    • Eye of the Tiger

      Black_Hawk I am okay with that if Bozak is less than 4.5m per

  • Don Cherry

    FIRE NONIS!!! 9 more years of no more playoffs bring back JFJ

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Fack, this Sportsnet panel is like watching The View. Click

    • Black_Hawk

      ingy56 lol hahah yeah man its funny

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        Black_Hawk ingy56 Can’t take it….failure all over

    • mcloki

      ingy56 They’re funny.

  • Black_Hawk

    lol lets just wait for it to get finalized

  • Alec Brownscombe

    there is nothing loony about hating everything Nonis is doing right now.

    • mcloki

      Alec Brownscombe He’s done nothing yet. Why does everyone have their panties in a knot?

  • leafmealone

    Boston replacing Seguin with Erickson was an upgrade IMO. But losing Horton for nothing will seriously hurt. However, Ottawa replacing Alfie with MacA won’t do them any favours. So, overall, I don’t see anything within our new division that really worries me.

  • KingTon

    TheCanucksnaphook How old is clarky?

  • Black_Hawk

    TheCanucksnaphook I actually agree with mac about pressure.

  • Cameron19

    So:

    Lupul (5.25) – Bozak (4.50) – Kessel (5.40)
    J.V.R. (4.25) – Kadri (3,25) – Clarkson (5.25)
    _________ – Bolland (3.375) – Kulemin (2.8)
    _________ – McClement (1.50) – Orr (0.925)
    McLaren (0.70), ____________

    Gunnar (3.00) – Phaneuf (6.50)
    Gardiner (0.875) – Franson (3.50)
    Fraser (1.00) –  J.M.Liles (3.875)
    ___________

    Reimer (1.80) – Bernier (1.80)

    CAP HIT: 63,55 milion

    Leaves just 750K to fill three spots…

    • KingTon

      Cameron19 wow that went fast

    • Jordan29

      Cameron19 Swap JVR-Lupul and those lines work great and are very good

    • Cameron19

      -Keon- We will see.

  • Reimocerous

    TheCanucksnaphook It’s a little long of a deal for me but I like the player.

    • Black_Hawk

      Reimocerous TheCanucksnaphook yeah just check what the buyout would be b/c MLHS can easilly just buy him out if needed.

  • tmlfan

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/353207094402486273
    $21M for 5 years. Bozak Leafs

    • Eye of the Tiger

      tmlfan Take it and run

    • tmlfan

      Honestly…. that’s not a terrible deal

    • Black_Hawk

      tmlfan not bad 4.2 is solid. Him and kessel are dancing there asses off now at phaneufs wedding right now.

  • wiski

    matt Cook available?

    • Cameron19

      wiski Can’t afford him if we sign Clarkson.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Pouring rain in Toronto is it?

    • wiski

      ingy56 LOL

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        wiski ingy56 Not here, but it’s cloudy.

  • rjoynr

    Thats a great signing for the Leafs

  • Great Dane

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/353207094628986880

    Bozak deal is done, $21 M for 5 years with Maple Leafs

  • KurtWhite

    Kulemin > Clarkson! im gonna puke if we sign Clarkson to a 7 year anything in the 5’s contract…he is gonna hated in a year ….stay away Clarkson you will regret signing here!

  • Loric76

    I’m ok with 4.25m for 5 years.

    • rustynail

      Loric76 me too absolute max though. He is underrated IMO. Plays better those few times when he is not with Kessel

      • Loric76

        rustynail Loric76 faceoffs & PK make it worth it…he’ll be a good 2C when we finally land that 1C.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    5 years 21 million  for Bozak..not bad. Wished they had moved on but whatever.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      Let’s hope there isn’t a NMC .

  • Wilbur

    Bozie at 4.2 is good…

  • Pent_House

    4.2

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    4.2 per is fair