He's an SOB on the ice. Not to the level of Avery, but maybe Esa Tikannen.
In one of the Isles games last year, he pushed the puck in the Isles net a good 5 to 10 seconds after the play ended. It's one of the biggest no-nos in hockey, and it's the first time I've ever seen it, or at least it's the only time I remember seeing it. (Hell, Claude used to get under the other team's skin by shooting the puck in the other team's net at the end of pre-game warm ups).
Don't get me wrong, all things being equal, you love having guys like that on your team, so long as they're not huge embarassments like Avery. Let's just not go talking about him like he's Elias or Datsyuk so far as class is concerned.
Not because of the sting of losing him, just because he won't be a particularly good player at that point.
Yeah, lets just ignore Clarky's Kids and all the charity work he's done for Newark. So unclassy...unlike Elias with all his donations/charity around NJ.
What I'm saying is...I think classy in terms of work for the Jersey community. We all know he's an ass on the ice and that's actually why he's one of my favorite players in the league.