I actually was not surprised. When I saw him play for the KHL this past Spring and saw him having fun scoring goals and skipping on the getting hit and the not having to play D... I thought to myself, this guy is either nuts or really wants a shot at the Cup...
In my mind he was passing up $5M per year to have to be subjected to the play in the NHL
We got the 3 best years, saved a ton of money and it would hurt in another 2 or 3 when he's a 25 goals scorer....
No hard feelings... he actually did us a favor.
I am still pissed at the league over the penalty, but that's life.
Many years ago I wrote Lou a letter asking him to retire Daneyko's number and he wrote me back saying to be patient and gave the letter to Daneyko who showed up at my work with the letter himself to say thank you in person.
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.
Well put...Holik was a traitor though since he knew what you wrote and went for the money with our enemy... Clarkson is doing what actually makes the most sense