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#21 Triumph

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:19 PM

I almost dare not speak these words, because I'd be unbelievably pissed if they came true, but I think Clarkson would fit right in over the river in Philadelphia.  He has the grit, he's a powerforward type, and they'll have room if they amnesty Briere.

 

It would also allow him to maintain his NJ-based charity program. 

 

Philadelphia doesn't have the money and they already have Hartnell and Simmonds.  I think they'll pass.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:04 PM

I made my peace about clarkson leaving. I dont even like him but i know we need him. Id like to see Lou to start the negociations soon so that by the draft he knows that its not gonna happen with clarkson so that he can swing his rights along with wtv else it takes to move up if we see that the guys we want would slip away at the draft.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:20 AM

I would resign Elias in a Heartbeat....

 

But do we have to resign clarkson or Zubrus?

 

I dont know maybe it time to get a better top 6 player and make space for Matteau on the third unit.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:38 AM

if i were lou, i would trade clarky to the leafs for a 7th rounder right away to get an extra pick. 

 

Zubrus and Elias are absolute musts to this team, there are no players out there that can fill the hole of those two especially since we have to still fill the Parise hole.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:03 AM

I feel like clarkson is more valuable then zubrus.. What did zubrus really donfornus when he came back from injury? Stays on top of the puck plays well on the boards? He doesn't put up many points.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:06 AM

I think all 3 are MUSTS for Lou to re-sign this offseason, and for different reasons.

 

Elias, because he's Elias and still our leading scorer after all these years. And it's Elias. If we can't keep him after all these years (the year after we lose Parise), who can we keep?

 

Clarkson, because of his role in the locker room and I still think he has 20+ goal seasons in him. He is the ultimate role player, whether we think he's skilled/skates well or not. Inversely, I think he needs our team and DeBoer to succeed, which will be a big reason he may stay.

 

There was a gaping hole in our system when Zubrus got injured. Very few people will admit that our slump first started when Zubrus got injured; it only continued when Brodeur was injured, but people have a short term memory about the change in our play once we lost Zubrus and his play along the boards. His value isn't that high at all and I think we'll sign him easily. I'm pretty sure he wants to stay, and it won't be too hard for Lou to make that happen.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

I think all 3 are MUSTS for Lou to re-sign this offseason, and for different reasons.

 

Elias, because he's Elias and still our leading scorer after all these years. And it's Elias. If we can't keep him after all these years (the year after we lose Parise), who can we keep?

 

Clarkson, because of his role in the locker room and I still think he has 20+ goal seasons in him. He is the ultimate role player, whether we think he's skilled/skates well or not. Inversely, I think he needs our team and DeBoer to succeed, which will be a big reason he may stay.

 

There was a gaping hole in our system when Zubrus got injured. Very few people will admit that our slump first started when Zubrus got injured; it only continued when Brodeur was injured, but people have a short term memory about the change in our play once we lost Zubrus and his play along the boards. His value isn't that high at all and I think we'll sign him easily. I'm pretty sure he wants to stay, and it won't be too hard for Lou to make that happen.

 

i agree with all this but to add something... our offence was really not enough this season. We cannot afford to lose any we absolutely need to ADD to what we have, not lose and even what we had this season.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:15 AM

i agree with all this but to add something... our offence was really not enough this season. We cannot afford to lose any we absolutely need to ADD to what we have, not lose and even what we had this season.

 

 

Agree completely. I don't know how anyone can talk about letting some of our goal scorers go (at the end of the day, Elias and Clarkson were our two highest goal scorers). We have the money, and we have the space. We sure don't have many replacements on the lineup. We should be talking about who to add to what we've got.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:17 AM

The offense was sh!t because look at the majority of forwards we were depending on to score goals... Gionta, carter,bernier...excellent line but all fourth liners... Dags Sullivan poni.. All three of them can hit the road they aren't worth sh!t.. There was no real good talent zubrus isn't a big goal scorer neither is clarky.. Henrique didnt do a damn thing the second half of the season, kovy went missing for about a month.. Who's left to pick up the slack elias? There's simply just not much talent that why we were putting up 33+ shots on net to the oppositions 11 and still losing/getting shut out. Just because your throwing the puck at the net doesn't mean its going in.. We need to find someone with some skill aka a top six forward.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:33 AM

To me, I'm with those that say that Zubie is too important to let walk.  I'd love for him and obviously Patty to stay and stay for a long time.  IMHO I think Clarky is the odd man out.  No way in hell Lou caters to his contract, and what he think he's worth.  And honestly, I'm fine with that.  


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:20 AM

Alot of clarkson haters i dont get it. He has his off moments yea so what every single player does. He brings good to this team in areas that its needed, hes a descent grinder hes not a big goal scorer that was never his role either just because he got hot in the beginning of last year and got some goals under him early did not mean he was now some top six forward.. So for all the people that bitch about him they need to shut up because he brings what he is paid to bring.. Hes basically the only good enforcer the team even has there is no other muscle really.. The guy doesnt take sh!t from anyone and is the first person to get a team mates back. Enless the asking price is out of control there is no reason for clarkson not to come back.. He brings as much good off the ice as he does on
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:30 AM

i also said it before... if we let Clarkson go and decide not to overpay a little... well fine we may have saved an extra million? from a fair 4m to an unfair 5m per? but who could we sign at 4m or 5m on the market that could to a better or equal job as clarkson? none.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:31 AM

Alot of clarkson haters i dont get it. He has his off moments yea so what every single player does. He brings good to this team in areas that its needed, hes a descent grinder hes not a big goal scorer that was never his role either just because he got hot in the beginning of last year and got some goals under him early did not mean he was now some top six forward.. So for all the people that bitch about him they need to shut up because he brings what he is paid to bring.. Hes basically the only good enforcer the team even has there is no other muscle really.. The guy doesnt take sh!t from anyone and is the first person to get a team mates back. Enless the asking price is out of control there is no reason for clarkson not to come back.. He brings as much good off the ice as he does on

 

You are not alone.  There is a reason many teams will be after him regardless of salary cap decreases.  He is young, and a unique talent that can score and play physical.  This team will continue to slide down the competitive ladder without him.  

 

I am hoping that with the salary cap decrease that his offers will not be too bad, $3.5 million or so.   But any team looking to be more competitive will grab him.     



i also said it before... if we let Clarkson go and decide not to overpay a little... well fine we may have saved an extra million? from a fair 4m to an unfair 5m per? but who could we sign at 4m or 5m on the market that could to a better or equal job as clarkson? none.

 

Agree.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:36 AM

i also said it before... if we let Clarkson go and decide not to overpay a little... well fine we may have saved an extra million? from a fair 4m to an unfair 5m per? but who could we sign at 4m or 5m on the market that could to a better or equal job as clarkson? none.

 

maybe you can't find someone who does exactly what he does for that price, but you can surely find someone to put up 45 points for $4-5 million a year which he'll be lucky to keep doing 


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:45 AM

maybe you can't find someone who does exactly what he does for that price, but you can surely find someone to put up 45 points for $4-5 million a year which he'll be lucky to keep doing 

 

true but i see Clarkson as a safe bet in this timing. We simply CANNOT afford to take chances and not have guys who can't put up points next season. We have to give away our pick next year so we HAVE to make the playoffs. If he's that overpaid and whatever, LOTS of teams want a guy like that you can always try to trade him later but that way at least you can get something for it instead of watching him walk and get absolutely nothing for him.

 

Look at Lucic for example... he had a very bad season and he's overpaid and has the same job as clarkson. Even with a bad season if he'd be on the market you can be sure teams would lineup with offers.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

I hope the Devils can figure out a way to keep Clarkson.  He's not only good for the team but good for the community.  He's the kind of guy I want carrying the Devils banner as well as the New Jersey banner.  I know when it comes to an NHL contract those types of off-ice contributions and philanthropic activities really don't matter but to myself as a New Jerseyan and a Devils fan I take pride in having someone like Clarkson on our team.  Guy puts up solid numbers, max effort every game, always takes time to speak to the media or fans, stands up for his teammates, helps his adopted community of Newark...and on and on.  We all know what he does.

 

He is a very likeable player from a fan point of view and I hope Lou does everything in his power to pay him and bring him back.

 

Please excuse my regurgitating everything thats been said about Clarkson in this thread but I had to drop my bias opinion in here.  :whistling:


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:50 AM

When should we start hearing about negotiations taking place?
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:59 AM

Alot of clarkson haters i dont get it. He has his off moments yea so what every single player does. He brings good to this team in areas that its needed, hes a descent grinder hes not a big goal scorer that was never his role either just because he got hot in the beginning of last year and got some goals under him early did not mean he was now some top six forward.. So for all the people that bitch about him they need to shut up because he brings what he is paid to bring.. Hes basically the only good enforcer the team even has there is no other muscle really.. The guy doesnt take sh!t from anyone and is the first person to get a team mates back. Enless the asking price is out of control there is no reason for clarkson not to come back.. He brings as much good off the ice as he does on

 

 

I don't think it's an issue of being Clarkson haters. I think people are just actively mentally preparing themselves for the possibility that he may leave. He has the most leverage on Lou of the 3 UFAs this offseason.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:02 AM

I hope the Devils can figure out a way to keep Clarkson.  He's not only good for the team but good for the community.  He's the kind of guy I want carrying the Devils banner as well as the New Jersey banner.  I know when it comes to an NHL contract those types of off-ice contributions and philanthropic activities really don't matter but to myself as a New Jerseyan and a Devils fan I take pride in having someone like Clarkson on our team.  Guy puts up solid numbers, max effort every game, always takes time to speak to the media or fans, stands up for his teammates, helps his adopted community of Newark...and on and on.  We all know what he does.

 

He is a very likeable player from a fan point of view and I hope Lou does everything in his power to pay him and bring him back.

 

Please excuse my regurgitating everything thats been said about Clarkson in this thread but I had to drop my bias opinion in here.  :whistling:

 

 

To reiterate what you've said, and shorten it a bit, Clarkson's a fan favorite and has been for 3-4+ years, even before scoring 30+ goals. One year removed from losing Zach Parise, I don't think we can afford to let someone like him leave. Like him or not, he's a big chunk of the heart and soul of our team, whether his numbers end up being in the top 20 of the NHL or not.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:11 AM

When should we start hearing about negotiations taking place?

 

Unfortunately I don't think we'll hear much until after the Cup Finals.


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