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
I don't really think points are the relevant measure with Clarkson. Goals are what's important there.
The critical thing about David Clarkson is that he shoots the puck. Now years ago, this wasn't really something lacking from the Devils' team - in 09, the Devils had a ton of players who I would classify as shoot first players: Parise, Langenbrunner, Rolston, Gionta, Madden, Holik, etc. Even Elias shot the puck a bunch. That was a shooting team. This team has almost no one who I would classify as shoot first - Ryan Carter maybe? Stephen Gionta when he manages to get the puck in the offensive zone? It's Clarkson and really no one else.
Here's NJ's forwards in rank in individual shots on goal at 5 on 5 per 60 minutes on ice (minimum 300 minutes) - 339 forwards qualified, including 12 from NJ:
This team doesn't have shooters. If Clarkson goes, they need 2 shooters.
Edited by Triumph, 08 May 2013 - 11:53 AM.