Maple Leafs re-acquire David Clarkson

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-acquired forward David Clarkson on Tuesday. The team also acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

In exchange for Clarkson and the draft pick, the Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Garret Sparks.

Former NHL player David Clarkson skates against the New Jersey Devils
David Clarkson skates against the New Jersey Devils (Getty Images)

He has one-year left on his contract that will have a $5.25 million cap hit. However, since Clarkson is not able to play, the Maple Leafs can put him on the long-term injured reserve.

As a result, if they make this projected move, his salary would not count against the salary cap.

The 35-year-old Toronto, Ontario, Canada native nearly two seasons previously with the Maple Leafs. He also played for the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

During a game during the 2015-16 season, Clarkson suffered a career-ending injury. He appeared in 23 games.

He had two goals and two assists for four points before the injury. He also had a -8 in +/- and 23 PIM.

Both of his goals were even strength goals.

The 26-year-old Elmhurst, Illinois spent two seasons with the Maple Leafs. Besides playing for the team during the 2018-19 season, he also played for the team during the 2015-16 season.

This past season, he appeared in 20 games with 17 starts. He went 8-9-1 with a .902 save percentage and a 3.15 goals against average.

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