Found June 12, 2013 on
Blue Seat Blogs:
The Rangers have been burned by ex-Devils before, but that’s not what should keep them away from David Clarkson
We all know that converted Devils haven’t made for the best Rangers. It’s an inescapable trend, but it would also be foolish for the team to make decisions based on past history rather than judging what individual players bring to the table.
So with that said, GM Glen Sather and company should give serious thought to making a run at pending UFA winger David Clarkson.
Prior to last season, Clarkson was best known for being a pest, unafraid to drop the gloves and often yapping away at opponents. In fact, his style was very reminiscent of former Ranger fan favorite Sean Avery.
But suddenly last year Clarkson became something Avery never was – a goal scorer. It still sounds weird to say, but Clarkson busted out for 30 goals in 2011-2012 and started off at an even better pace this season with 10 goals in his first 14 games before tailing off. He finished the season with 15 goals to lead the Devils.
Now Clarkson is going to expect to be paid like the elite level scorer he’s proven to be over the last two seasons. And that’s the danger of chasing him this summer.
I have no doubt that Clarkson would make a tremendous Blueshirt. He’s speedy, scrappy, terrific in front of the net and he gives his all every night. But is it realistic to expect him to be a 25-30 goal scorer consistently going forward after he posted 9, 17, 11 and 12 goals in his first four full NHL seasons?
Some of those same things were said about Ryan Callahan not long ago and we all know how that turned out. Clarkson doesn’t have Callahan’s talent, but some guys just have a knack for putting pucks in the net. It’s just probably not going to be worth the risk.
New Jersey is eager to keep the 29-year-old and a host of other teams will be lining up come July 1st if Clarkson hits the open market. He could very well command in excess of $5 million a season. That’s the going rate for players that have produced on Clarkson’s level in recent years, but it’s too much for a guy that is best suited penciled onto your third line.
Clarkson is right in the middle of his peak years, but we’ve seen how quickly guys can decline once they hit the wrong side of 30. Even if the Rangers buy out Brad Richards and have plenty of cap room, should they immediately turn around and invest long-term in another guy that is clearly a risk?
I love Clarkson as a player, but if I was Sather there’s no way I’d be prepared to dole out that kind of cash for a pest that may or may not ever approach his recent level of production again.
BEST OF MAXIM
Should David Clarkson fail to reach a contract extension with the New Jersey Devils before July 5th, Clarkson will have a lot of suitors in free agency.
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to be one of them, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
The Red Wings are going to be among several buyers in this year's free agency class, and they're expected to be...
When Dave and the staff here at Blue Seat Blogs first conjured up the concept of “Stay or Go” posts, they were originally meant to be for current roster players on the verge of free agency. Although Boyle isn’t a free agent this offseason — his deal is up next year — I think it’s worth discussing moving the big fella given our cap issues and some of our roster needs...
Another #NYR note: Rangers and reps for RFA D Ryan McDonagh have held preliminary contract talks, but nothing serious yet
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) June 11, 2013
McDonagh just completed a three year deal that paid him $1.3 million per year ($875K salary + $425K performance bonus + $87.5K signing bonus).
...the Rangers are notorious for playing hardball with...
According to his Twitter account, Michael Del Zotto became the third Ranger to have surgery this offseason. It does not sound like his injury was as serious as the torn labrums suffered by Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin though. Since the type of surgery is unknown, and the team has not formally announced anything, a timetable for a return has not been provided.
John Moore recently spoke to Blueshirts United about the taking advantage of the opportunity he has in New York...
“It’s really refreshing going into the summer realizing that there’s a real opportunity here for me to grow my game. It’s going to make my approach to offseason training that much more intense. The onus falls on me to come in here and be in good shape, ready...
Perhaps the most important task on the agenda of Glen Sather (or whomever may be calling the shots on Manhattan) this summer is extending the contract of shutdown defender Ryan McDonagh. We’ve already assessed the value of fellow RFA Derek Stepan and determined he is going to be expensive. McDonagh, given his performance through the [...]
You can follow Todd on Twitter @ToddCordell!
NHL free agency is just a few weeks away, and regardless of which free agents the New Jersey Devils retain, there's no doubt they need to add more to their roster if they want to improve.
While most Devils fans want one of the sexy named potential free agents such as Jarome Iginla or Nathan Horton, the reality is the Devils probably...
The Rangers finally appear to realize that a coaching search is underway. While the team brass meet at the Western White House, otherwise known as GM Glen Sather's pad in La Quinta, information has filtered out about the "progress" on the search for a new coach. Of course, John Tortorella was fired almost two weeks ago, but why should that gap in time be a reason for...
The Rangers have five RFAs headed into the offseason. In order to qualify for offer sheet compensation, the organization must present qualifying offers to their RFAs before the start of free agency. All QOs are one year deals. Here are the salaries to be presented in the QOs:
Ryan McDonagh: $826,875
Derek Stepan: $826,875
Carl Hagelin: $660,000
Mats Zuccarello: $735,000
Michael Del Zotto tweeted that he had a "long morning of surgery" today.
He adds that he will be back in top shape in no time.
While the Rangers had announced surgeries for Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin, there have been no mentions of Del Zotto going under the knife.
...oooooohhhhhhh, no wonder he played so poorly in the playoffs. His mental gaffes obviously...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The leader in the clubhouse would be Alain Vigneault. That, of course, excludes the other leader in the clubhouse named Mark Messier.
This is the state of the Rangers’ search for a coach that paused yesterday following Vigneault’s visit on Tuesday with general manager Glen Sather and front office personnel at the club’s organizational...
Be sure to follow Todd on Twitter @ToddCordell!
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey is less than three weeks away and the anticipation and excitement from fans and teams all around the league is growing by the day.
I recently wrote a piece on some potential targets with the 9th overall pick. In this piece I look at some players the New Jersey Devils could possibly get their...
As I posted Sunday, Glen Sather really needs to add a little pep to his step if he doesn't want another top head coaching candidate to sign elsewhere.
According to Darren Dreger at TSN, after his interview with the Rangers yesterday, Alaine Vigneault is expected to re-connect with the Dallas Stars in the next few days. The former Canucks head coach is considered a top choice...
A head coaching switcheroo of sorts may be in the works in the NHL, and Bruins fans are very familiar with both coaches involved.
Former New York Rangers coach John Tortorella interviewed about the Vancouver Canucks’ coaching vacancy on Tuesday, Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports, while the Rangers spoke with former Canucks boss Alain Vigneault about taking over Tortorella’s old...
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the Dallas Stars have former Rangers head coach John Tortorella on their radar as they continue their search for a new head coach.
Strang adds that the Stars have yet to seek permission from the Rangers to speak with Tortorella.
...wonder if Torts will place a call to Sean Avery to get some insight into what Dallas has to offer. lol...