Let's get real here.
1. If you were in Clarkson's situation you'd see what numbers get thrown at you. I am guessing that $50, 000 is a lot of money to most people. David is talking millions.
2. If there was any hint your employer MAY have financial issues, then you would certainly be exploring the market.
3. The Devils haven't given their best offer yet. Classic Lou at work.
4. Anyone that doesn't believe David is a huge part of this team is delusional. I am not saying he worth crazy numbers, but let's be honest with ourselves, he is worth every bit of 4.5-5. We just signed Zubes for 3.1.(not a knock on #8)
5. Who is scoring goals on this team? Unless Lou goes buck wild, last season might look like the 84 Oilers offense.
6. For better or worse you know what you have in guys that have been on your roster. Why is Boston shopping Seguin? Seems the kid likes to party more than play. It' always buyer beware.
7. Clarky should fire that agent, not because of the douchey comments, but because his agent should be saying that the Devils put out an unbelievable offer that other teams are really gonna have to work at to match.
8. If he leaves he will get paid, but his hockey career may become not as enjoyable and only David knows what means more to him. Going home to Toronto may be his dream, but it could turn into a nightmare.
1. I agree, Clarkson has earned this right, I never have a problem with a player testing the market. Those opportunities come few and far between for NHL players.
2. I think a guy like Clarkson should probably explore the market anyway, just because. This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him, and 2011-12 has sweetened the pot for him in a big way
3. If Lou goes above $4.5 mil for his, I'll feel like he made a mistake. Clarkson simply is not worth more than that.
4. Agree on the $$ value, not sure if I'd say he's a huge part of the team.
5. Fair question, but I'd rather have options than Clarkson at $5+ mil per year for the next five or six years.
6. Agree, which is how most of us know that anything over $4.5 mil per season for Clarkson in insane. $6 mil is hysterically laughable. That's a bad deal the day it's signed.
7. At the very least, Clarkson's agent should STFU, unless he's just looking to burn a bridge.
8. Agree, the easy part of these things is to sign the contract and have a lovefest press conference or two. But then comes the inevitable...having to play and show you're worth the money. Clarkson in NJ at $4.5 mil per may lead to mild disappointment, but nothing more than that, unless his play really tanks. Clarkson at $6 mil per in Toronto with expectations that are bound to be unrealistic and bloated due to his paycheck will likely lead to borderline fan hatred. Not that goals, assists, and points are everything, but the guess here is that Toronto's fanbase will expect 25-30 goals and 50+ points...if he doesn't do that, they'll be pissed (especially if the team is not winning). Here, I think we'd all take low 20s and 40 points, because we have a better handle on what is realistic and fair to expect from him. GMs sadly never learn that paying a guy to be better than he really is almost NEVER makes him better than he really is.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 02 July 2013 - 11:56 AM.