This actually kind of shocked me: This is the longest contract the Leafs have ever given out. Its just a surprise considering their foolishness those years before the cap. The fact that Clarkson is the longest contract in Leafs history is kinda funny, but a big honor for him considering the history of that club and his ties to Toronto. I dunno if its an omen that the previous record holders of that honor is a tie for 5, which was given to Blake and Komisarek haha.
At the end of the day, I'm legitimately happy for him. This was his chance to make a name for himself and I really appreciated the way he handled the post-signing interviews. I believe him sincerely when he stated his reasonings why he chose Toronto. This was arguably the best move for both sides (us and Clarkson) Had there not been interest from the Leafs, I think he may have been coaxed back. I can't imagine the amount of pressure that he's going to endure in the Toronto hockey market. They're relentless and he needs to perform b/c that fanbase just does a number on some guys. I think the fact he's a hometown boy will help him in some respects as he may get more of a pass than say a European or even a guy from another province would.
I am going to cheer him the first time that I see him, but after that he's just another player and Ill boo him without venom. Cup winning Devils bar Langenbrunner are the majority of the only visiting players bar my favorites on other squads that I cheer/applaud for and even that is just during lineup announcements.