Friday, January 22, 2016

Second worst contract in the entire NHL

David Clarkson cashed in as a free agent in July 2013, signing a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $36.75 million over seven years. In hindsight, the deal looks like it was made thinking Clarkson’s 30-goal season in 2011-12 was a sign of things to come for the right wing. It wasn’t. In his first season with the Leafs, Clarkson scored 11 points (5G, 6A). In his second season, he scored 15 points (10G, 5A). He didn’t finish that second season in Toronto; the team shipped him to Columbus in exchange for Nathan Horton.
At this point, David Clarkson is the fourth-highest paid player on the Columbus Blue Jackets, pulling in a salary of $5.5 million for the 2015-16 season. Next year his deal will pay him $7 million, which will put him second in team salary, trailing only goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Clarkson has been injury-plagued this season, playing in only 18 games. In those 18 games, Clarkson has scored one goal and one assist.

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