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.
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.