Clarkson and Bozak Spill Over Thread

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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.

  • Jordan29

    LOLOLOL MLHS FTW!

    • Black_Hawk

      Jordan29 Best site in the world

  • Mattmark

    Er, what’s going on?  TSN has Clarkson going to the Sens.

  • 2minutes

    I thought I’d be left out of MLHS all day the way that last thread was acting!

  • Black_Hawk

    The deals are fair cap wise but the term on the Clarkson deal is long. But i like the moves

    • Xxxxxnew

      The payout may drop in the last few years depending on how the contract is structured. If its loaded a little at the front it could be an easy trade or buyout later on. Caps going up anyway. Could be $80-90 million by the time the contract is up.

      • Black_Hawk

        Xxxxxnew yeah i wonder if it is front loaded

  • 2minutes

    I think the best thing about our team is our shutdown 3rd line. Kuli-Bolland-McClement sounds absolutely fantastic to me!

    • Jantz

      2minutes Physical,responsable and the ability to score . What is a realistic goal total for that line ? 45 ish ?

  • belfourfan20

    Couldn’t agree more Alec

  • Irishfanman

    Grabbo appeared to be a problem child in Montreal, and now it seems Toronto tired of him as well…maybe stuff there we aren’t privy to. If Kadri evolves into the #1 C and Bozak is #2, with Bolland as #3, then that is  a pretty decent center group

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

      Irishfanman Feud with his teammates in MTL and with his coach in Tor., won’t go unnoticed.

      • Xxxxxnew

        I have to say I was disappointed with his comments. Sounded like a spoiled kid in peewee.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    why do my posts keep getting deleted ???

    • 2minutes

      They aren’t. Livefyre is just catching up and takes time to get replies and posts in together.

    • rustynail

      unclejakescards it runs on artificial intelligence when it gets busy and doesn’t post the trash :)

  • heatdreamer

    Allows Colborne to mature for one more year in AHL and than he moves to the NHL.

    • Cameron19

      heatdreamer I think he’s trade bait.

    • Black_Hawk

      heatdreamer Think he is ready for NHL action

    • newkb

      If he’s not ready now, there is very little hope. The good thing is that he has Bozak blocking him for the next 5 years… Unless you let Bolland walk.

  • Jordan29

    Clarkson @ 7 years is obviously too long. Thats what happens at UFA. Thing is Nonis has to think we will challenge for a cup before the 7 years is a problem

    • Black_Hawk

      Jordan29 yeah had to overpay on term to get clarkson but had to do it to get the player.

      • Irishfanman

        Black_Hawk Jordan29 we still can buy him out in years 6 and 7…if necessary…no?

        • Black_Hawk

          Irishfanman Black_Hawk Jordan29 yeah exactly, MLSE can stroke a check for a buy out for him

        • Black_Hawk

          Irishfanman Black_Hawk Jordan29 If needed

        • newkb

          Glad we are already looking at wasting cap space with buyout scenarios….you know you made a smart move then….lol

        • rustynail

          Irishfanman Black_Hawk Jordan29 and take a cap hit

    • 2minutes

      Yup, we will regret that one in 4 years, but for the next few seasons, its looking like a solid infusion of grit with goal scoring ability.

      • newkb

        Grit perhaps…but offense took a hit for sure.