Wow. I mean - I wrote my piece and all. But who cares? It's David Clarkson.
I love the guy, but lets be real. The way the dude conducts himself off ice says it all. Clarky's kids... nnno, that's not what I'm talking about. Dude is childish. It's not a big deal.
He's not being as a$$hole (his agent sure is though). As long as he knows what he's doing it's all good. I think he does. He doesn't want the Cup or any of that. He's not as ambitious as Holik, Gomez, Parise -- he's just looking to relax and stop working. I dont think he understands that's what he wants. This kid has worked his ass off all his life to prove himself - not to be a WINNER like a John Maddog Madden. Clarkson doesn't have a "You think you're better than me" chip, he just had a But I KNOW I CAN play hockey chip. Well this is it for him then. this is the goal achieved - a nice contract. the OFFER is what he was dreaming about and his dream stopped there. A pretty wife a house with a pool - being able to give back to the community. It's enough. it's what he wants.
Clarkson is done proving himself and I'm really happy for him wherever he ends up. I think everyone should be because that's his story. His is not a name on the Cup story like Parise's is. This isn't tragic. It's good all the way around. How can anyone even think he's disloyal? He isn't a good enough player to be disloyal in leaving. Duh? Perspective people... perspective!!!