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#161 ZeroGravityFat

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

i was getting real concerned that the devils wouldn't have a player leave this year that will get all hockey pundits wondering how devils will ever survive without. we have a winner. 


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:16 PM

I like David Clarkson, I really do, but for me I didn't like how he kind of disappeared in the playoffs last year. I mean after scoring 30 goals in 80 games, I was expecting him to contribute more than just 3 in 24 in last years playoffs. Hopefully that playoffs was the fluke part, and he will be more consistent going forward. I respect any player who works as hard as he does, and hope his hard work continues to pay off.

he had a fractured foot!


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

He has improved his skating a lot over the last couple of seasons, and I really don't think I would consider him a bad skater anymore. Look at the power move he made on his first goal in the last game as an example - protecting the puck, maintaining his balance, and firing a high shot over the glove with the defenseman all over him. That's a time when old Clarky probably would have stumbled onto his ass the second the defenseman breathed on him and the puck would have just slid into the corner. He's not fast, but his speed is decent, and he's much stronger on his feet than he used to be. I think the "Clarkson can't skate" jokes need to be put to rest.

His ass is always on the ice.  Every shift he goes down.  You can't be serious with defending his skating.  He is the weakest on his skates of any NHL player I have ever seen.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

he had a fractured foot!

How about Elias' 5 in 24 games?  The Devils scored a lot of timely goals from depth players.  None of their name players had impact playoffs.  If they had we'd have another banner hanging from the ceiling. 


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#165 Chimaira_Devil_#9

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:44 AM

http://blogs.northje...newark_program/

 

Devils right wing David Clarkson walked into the Ironbound Recreation Center
ice rink this afternoon and was greeted by the smiling faces and applause from
the more than 200 youth players from the Hockey in Newark program.


They were showing their appreciation for Clarkson joining the charity’s
advisory board earlier this year and arranging a donation of 50 new sets of
hockey equipment through the NHL Players’ Association’s Goals and Dreams
fund.


“To see their facial expressions today when he walked in was priceless,”
Hockey in Newark co-founder Keith Veltre said. “Ten years ago, these kids in
this community wouldn’t know a single hockey player in the NHL. Every kid in
this room knows who David Clarkson is today. They know him because he’s a
successful hockey player, but they also know him because he’s a part of Hockey
in Newark and the fact that he reached out and got (the NHLPA) to donate
equipment because he believes in them and believes in the program.”

 

More good work by Clarkie, great to see.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

His ass is always on the ice.  Every shift he goes down.  You can't be serious with defending his skating.  He is the weakest on his skates of any NHL player I have ever seen.

 

Lol, ok. Whatever.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

Lol, ok. Whatever.

 

I agree with you on this. I remember last offseason he was training with a pretty well known skating coach in Toronto, if I recall correctly. Yes, he still ends up on the ice a lot, but that's besides the point. I've noticed a huge improvement in his speed and poise on the rush and along the boards. When he's behind the net along the boards, his play is as slippery to defenders as Parise's used to be. Sometimes he falls to the ice, but many times they can't keep up.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

Clarksons skating is leaps and bounds on what it use to be, but he always goes down many times a game. Its just his style. B )


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

Clarkson has and always will be a clumsy skater.

 

That said, I have noticed a pretty good improvement on his overall skating ability.  He still goes down quite a bit, but not the level he used to and he seems to have more speed and agility to his skating as well.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

Was I the only one in complete disbelief when Clarkson received the diving penalty during the Lightning game on Feb 7th. I mean...it was in the 3rd period, did the refs not see Clarkson fall 10 times during the game before that?!


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

Was I the only one in complete disbelief when Clarkson received the diving penalty during the Lightning game on Feb 7th. I mean...it was in the 3rd period, did the refs not see Clarkson fall 10 times during the game before that?!

 

I remember yelling "DOGSH!T!" at the tv when this happened.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

http://blogs.northje...newark_program/

 

 

More good work by Clarkie, great to see.

they have done nice work in this area and althoguh the overall goal will take time I think projects like this help create the bond with the Ironbound community to the team.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

I agree with you on this. I remember last offseason he was training with a pretty well known skating coach in Toronto, if I recall correctly. Yes, he still ends up on the ice a lot, but that's besides the point. I've noticed a huge improvement in his speed and poise on the rush and along the boards. When he's behind the net along the boards, his play is as slippery to defenders as Parise's used to be. Sometimes he falls to the ice, but many times they can't keep up.

 

Thanks. He falls to the ice because he plays a physical, grinding game against other strong players. Anyone who plays this way is going to get pushed down sometimes. The way some people describe him around here it's like he steps on to the ice and comically slips around as if on banana peels for the whole game. I get that it's an old joke from when he first came up that Clarkson falls down a lot, but I'm really getting tired of the "Clarkson can't skate" circle jerk. It's not true anymore. He's certainly not the best skater on the team but he's fine.


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#174 Steven M.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

Thanks. He falls to the ice because he plays a physical, grinding game against other strong players. Anyone who plays this way is going to get pushed down sometimes. The way some people describe him around here it's like he steps on to the ice and comically slips around as if on banana peels for the whole game. I get that it's an old joke from when he first came up that Clarkson falls down a lot, but I'm really getting tired of the "Clarkson can't skate" circle jerk. It's not true anymore. He's certainly not the best skater on the team but he's fine.

 

Agreed... Clarkson has been skating like a beast honestly... anyone who thinks otherwise must not be watching him closely enough because he's been a pleasure to watch in the offensive zone. It's like every time the puck is on an opposing players stick you just see him rush in and I almost always feel confident now that he is either going to impede the player from getting it out of the zone cleanly, if not completely taking the puck away. He's also had a step on many players on the opposition. Honestly, who out there is skating harder and faster than him on our roster right now? Little Gio, Kovy is always up there, but other than that, who? He's been awesome to watch and that's probably a huge part of his continued success.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

Agreed... Clarkson has been skating like a beast honestly... anyone who thinks otherwise must not be watching him closely enough because he's been a pleasure to watch in the offensive zone. It's like every time the puck is on an opposing players stick you just see him rush in and I almost always feel confident now that he is either going to impede the player from getting it out of the zone cleanly, if not completely taking the puck away. He's also had a step on many players on the opposition. Honestly, who out there is skating harder and faster than him on our roster right now? Little Gio, Kovy is always up there, but other than that, who? He's been awesome to watch and that's probably a huge part of his continued success.

This. He's always has speed. Having adequate (if unspectacular) balance has turned him into a complete player. Also, he takes a lot of contact. Sometimes he's gonna go down.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:59 PM

His ass is always on the ice.  Every shift he goes down.  You can't be serious with defending his skating.  He is the weakest on his skates of any NHL player I have ever seen.

Hartnell made a career out of that. I'll take Clarkson for half the price and none of the douchery. Clarkson>>>>>>>>Hartnell
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:16 PM

Remember when we were all worried about possibly losing Clarkson when he was red hot to start the year?

 

Now he's become Cam Janssen with a dozen fluke goals...


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:46 PM

I once said in this thread that Sestito is better than him, well he was tonight. :giggle:

 

I kid of course but when Clarkson isn't getting his opportunistic goal scoring he is pretty useless out there. He needs to be on the 3rd line to be affective.


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:08 PM

You can feel the future money being sucked out of his bank account.     Condensed season, and scouts all over the place for the last few weeks.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:10 AM

Clarkson is a third liner who should get paid like a third liner.  Any team offers more, I won't shed a tear for him leaving this offseason.  Clarkson simply can't handle playing on the top 2 lines and being expected to score at a rate commensurate with a Top 6 winger.  He'll play his puck possession style, but he's not going to be able to feast on inferior talent/defenders like he can playing on the bottom lines.


His play has been embarrassing at times lately, but at least he's shown up from time to time unlike Ponikarovsky.


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