Ladies and gents, I have some amazing news, the Clarkson era is over for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
David Clarkson has been traded to the Columbus Blue jackets for Nathan Horton on Thursday. They basically traded a player with a toxic contract for one who might not play another NHL game due to injuries.
His Leafs career started with a 10 game suspension and never really got on track after that. Clarkson has been an interesting topic since signing with Toronto in 2013 offseason. He is under contract through the 2019-20 season at a cap of $5.25 million, but recorded just 15 goals and 26 points in 118 appearances with Toronto.
“David Clarkson has been a 30-goal-scorer in the NHL who will bring added character and leadership to our group and we believe he will be a valuable contributor to our team.” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement.
It was the Blue Jackets who initiated trade talks with the Leads about a potential Clarkson-for-Horton swap and as we all know, they needed Clarkson’s approval and of course he welcomed the change of scenery, no salary was retrained in the deal.
Fly away Clarkson. The media can finally stop harassing you.
Clarkson has mentioned that his time in Toronto has been difficult, and if he had a do-over in free agency, he would have signed with the Edmonton Oilers, who reportedly offered him more money in the summer of 2013.
As for Horton, he has a contract very similar to Clarkson’s contract, carrying a cap hit of $5.3 million through 2020. He has not skated in almost a year due to a nagging back injury but opted against surgery that would likely end his career.
“We would have been paying Horton $26 million the next five years to sit in the stands.” Said Kekalainen
Here’s the thing, before you assume shit and over react. This was actually a very smart move for both teams, look at it from my point of view.
Everyone knows that Clarkson is useless in Toronto, poor guy didn’t get a chance to live his childhood dreams properly, and leaving isn’t a bad idea in his end. He gets to have a fresh start with another team who can ACTUALLY play and use him. Horton may be on the injury list but the Jacket's would still have to pay his salary and it will affect their cap space.
As for Toronto, they made history!!!!! I honestly can’t believe it happened but it did. As you all know, The Toronto Maple Leafs are the richest team in the NHL so once they put Horton on the injury list, they can easily payoff his salary and it will not affect the cap space what’s so ever.
I think it’s a win-win situation for both teams. If you have an opinion please comment below!