This whole scenario is "Bobby Holik II"
Clarkson is a good player, not a great one who has a role when placed with the right coach and situation.
He's wasn't so good before DeBoer
I understand your point, but Bobby was always a good player - I dont think the Devils can take credit for that. The only loss for the Devils is that he would have been a great captain and vet here - mutually beneficial for everyone. The way it went down - no real loss for the Devils. And end of a fulfilling career for Bob.
Clarkson wasn't going to be any great shakes here. Hence no stupid deal. He won't be great shakes in Toronto but thank the lord he'll have a great life. Party-time may be over --- or else he risks losing what he worked for in his personal life. This is perfect - he's sewed up his earning years -- he WILL earn and there's no risk for him. Man, his whole career has been on the line for long enough - busting his ass and living in fear that he wouldn't make it. Now it's a done deal and he doesn't even have to pull up stakes - he can relax where he wants to be. It's like the Parise move if anything and luckily David doesn't have those Cup ambitions Zach will always have burning.
I'm really happy for him where I was really sorry for Holik. I still am sorry for all that Holik lost. Money doesn't make up for that. and no one wants to hear about hockey from him now because of that stupid deal. If he'd stayed here he'd have been free to blather all over the NHL and he'd be a proven leader so his word would have been the gosple he thinks it is. It just sucks for him. But he's got enough money so he can shoot at Lou photo targets and weep softly blame it on the beautiful vista from his porch. Yeah sure you always wanted to be a rancher... sure.
Edited by Pepperkorn, 05 July 2013 - 01:06 PM.