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#241 devilsrule33

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:54 PM

I can't bad mouth him. He was one of my favorite players. Not for his goals, but for his personality. He played with heart, good personality, just a likeable guy. Sad to see him go, and wish him nothing but the best. And thank god we didn't offer him that contract!

 

Oh that's way too reasonable for this board. 100% agree.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:58 PM

Oh that's way too reasonable for this board. 100% agree.

Pretty sure almost everyone on this board feels the same way. Good Devil, but just got overpaid
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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:12 PM

I will give Clarkson an applause on his return to the Rock. Cannot deny what a great person David is.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:25 PM

Pretty sure almost everyone on this board feels the same way. Good Devil, but just got overpaid

 

+1 I think the shot at the board was unnecessary and redundant.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

Oh that's way too reasonable for this board. 100% agree.

 

+1

 

I always loved Clarkie; a throwback type of gritty player.   Enjoyed watching him during his time here.  Wish him all the best in Toronto.  I will not boo him on the return.  I feel TOTALLY differently about this departure than Zach's.  Clarkie never gave the lip service quotes that Zach did to dupe the fans.  He got a sh!t ton of money for him and his family, and would be an overpayment for the Devils to match.  I get the hometown factor yet again, and he grew up a Leafs fan, etc. etc.   We all knew it was inevitable.   See ya around Clarkie


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:25 PM

Guy can't skate, I have no idea what the huge deal is over him this summer. Literally don't care at all.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:29 PM

I will give Clarkson an applause on his return to the Rock. Cannot deny what a great person David is.

Ditto, I hope the fans don't boo him when he comes in. I wish Clarky the best of luck up there (except when he's playing the Devils obviously). But he'll never live up to that contract. He's set up to fail.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:43 PM

I'm not gonna boo him but I'm sure as hell not gonna cheer him either. Thanks for all you did Clarkie, but you still left at the first possible opportunity. I won't be mad that people cheer, I just don't see what he did to deserve any sort of ovation.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:03 PM

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.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:05 PM

on the upside, there is still a buyout next year right?


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:59 AM

I'm completely indifferent to Clarkson. Clowe seems like a wash or even a small upgrade.

 

This is a Gomez type of deal.. There's no way he can live up to this contract, he just isn't this good. Like I said in a previous thread, we'll get him back at a discount in 2-3 years. :D


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 07:10 AM

oilers apparently offered an arm and a leg but he chose toronto.

 

Supposedly, Edmonton offered 6 million. Sick. 

 

I liked Clarkson alot, but just not for that kind of money. I hope it doesn't get ugly for him in Toronto, but I'm afraid it will. 


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:16 AM

I won't boo or cheer him when he comes back. I use to like Clarkson when he first showed up on the team but his acts of diving and whining to the refs made him become my least favorite Devil. I'm glad we won't have to see his nonsense this season.
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:42 AM

ghdi, he's pre-approved by Don Cherry and the 'mittenstringers' as they're called.  He will be given a pass for sure by a large section of the fanbase.

 

I don't think there's a lot of pressure in Toronto, I think it's like the Chicago Cubs, the fans have endured so much awfulness that if you just do okay but try really hard they will love you.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

Get a load of this..... http://prohockeytalk...o-wendel-clark/
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

ghdi, he's pre-approved by Don Cherry and the 'mittenstringers' as they're called.  He will be given a pass for sure by a large section of the fanbase.

 

I don't think there's a lot of pressure in Toronto, I think it's like the Chicago Cubs, the fans have endured so much awfulness that if you just do okay but try really hard they will love you.

 

Thats not very true. I know a lot of Leafs fans and being Canadian i can tell you that there's still a lot of pressure in Toronto


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:11 AM

Thats not very true. I know a lot of Leafs fans and being Canadian i can tell you that there's still a lot of pressure in Toronto


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:18 AM

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:35 AM

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:42 AM

Thats not very true. I know a lot of Leafs fans and being Canadian i can tell you that there's still a lot of pressure in Toronto

 

Clarkson will be a hero, he'll be visiting with Don Cherry after games, and the Leafs will be bad, and it won't matter.

 

I mean yeah there's more pressure in Toronto than a lot of other places, but I'll never forget when Wendel Clark got a standing ovation for hitting the post with a shot - that's how I think Toronto fans feel about their team.


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