Leafs Trade David Clarkson (This is Not a Joke)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Nathan Horton. This is not a joke. This is the real mofo deal.

Clarkson was signed in July 2013 but didn't last two seasons. My doppelganger has been given the boot and nobody will be sorry to see him go.


Horton has not played this season due to a back injury, and may never play again. He is in the second year of a seven-year deal he signed with the Blue Jackets prior to the 2013-14 season worth an average annual value of $5.3 million.

The Leafs, a much richer team than Columbus, can afford to pay Horton to be on the long-term injured reserve. As long he's on it, there isn't a cap hit. Shanny might just be the executive of the year.

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Eekan Boo

Look at Elvis' "O" face!!!

February 26, 2015 @ 6:23 PM


Well What do Ya know, the Untradable has been traded. Yahooooo!
And next?

February 26, 2015 @ 6:24 PM

Jason from Sudbury

That, is, hilarious. I just heard about this on the Fan. Hey, if Nathan Horton can get healthy, the Leafs scored.

February 26, 2015 @ 6:29 PM

Eekan Boo

For Clarkson they got a guy who hasn't played this season. Sounds about right.

Not complaining, just savoring the irony. MLSE, best sitcom ever.

February 26, 2015 @ 6:29 PM


Thanks, the baby Jesus.

February 26, 2015 @ 6:31 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I did say Clarkson was untradable.

And we did trade him, so I was wrong.

But we have to take a very badly hurt player with a big, fat, long contract. That tells you how badly they wanted Clarkson out of town.

February 26, 2015 @ 6:35 PM

Sam in Pickering

Holy crap!

February 26, 2015 @ 6:56 PM

twins from bolton


They traded your twin - 100% look a like.

Nothing for nothing.

February 26, 2015 @ 6:58 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@twins from bolton

Except it's not nothing for nothing. We free up the cap space!

February 26, 2015 @ 7:09 PM


Horton's contract not against the cap and likely never plays again.

Very good move.

February 26, 2015 @ 7:14 PM


I was also wrong lol happy to be as well

February 26, 2015 @ 7:28 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm glad he's gone. He was a very nice guy who grew up a Leafs fan and wanted to help us win.

So he scores a monster contract, hits the ice and it turns out he's just David Clarkson.

I wish him well in Columbus!

February 26, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Eekan Boo

Ridiculous. An in ground pool, installed, for under $25k?!

February 26, 2015 @ 7:31 PM

James Edgar

WOW. I can't believe this . Really.

February 26, 2015 @ 8:59 PM

this guest

you won't be renaming the blog
Columbus Mike ?

February 26, 2015 @ 11:05 PM

Dawn Keibals

Sooo..Let me get this correct.The Maple Leafs just traded for a badly injured player whom will never play in the NHL again yet alone lead a normal life again and also pay him $26.1-million over the next five years to not play.

Just let that sink in.
Seinfeld would not even do an episode that ridiculous.

And I always thought the dumbest thing ever was the Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL) years ago drafting a guy who was dead.Looking back at that now,at least they never had to pay him anything $$.

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February 27, 2015 @ 5:47 AM


Columbus approached Nonis about making the deal happen. If Columbus had put insurance on the Horton contract then this would never have been put together. Clarkson did have to put his ego on the shelf for it to work to waive the no trade clause he had. They had to tell him we are trading you for someone who can not skate anymore.
So up next is a trade for Chris Pronger and Marc Savard.
I am looking for the day that they get some real upper management in place for the Leaf's.

February 27, 2015 @ 6:40 AM


Not sure why people don't like this trade or will try to call management out on it, they have 5.25 Million to spend more now for the next 5 years. WIN F_cking WIN situation here..Nonis took the worse signing he ever made and turned it on its head!

February 27, 2015 @ 7:29 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

This trade is pure genius.

February 27, 2015 @ 8:27 AM


I bet you assistant GM Kyle Dubas came up with the idea to trade for a permanently injured player. The guy will be a GM soon in this league.

February 27, 2015 @ 8:41 AM


from what I've heard, it was Columbus who called Nonis and then they worked it out together..
apparently Dion was originally part of the deal but that part fell to the side..for now anyway..

February 27, 2015 @ 9:00 AM


Good for Clarkson. Good for us.

February 27, 2015 @ 12:32 PM


Any chance that this will stop the chorus of complaints about the Leafs being a cheap team, that they don't really care about winning, etc.?

Seems like they're paying out over $25MM in order to get more competitive... How many NHL teams would be willing (or able) to do that?

Not that any of this will incent you to start watching again... Obviously it takes a long time for the draft pick strategy to pay dividends. I heard an interesting conversation on the FAN yesterday basically hypothesizing that success in the NHL all comes down to # of draft picks (note that it's not a strategy of getting the #1 pick or just first round picks). You also need a sound strategy/philosophy like Detroit. I think there have been a few comments about Hunter's expert knowledge of the Jr. talent coming through the pipeline, so hopefully they Leafs will be able to benefit.

The cap space is going to be really interesting. Can they take on someone like Brent Seabrook after the season as Chicago struggles to get under the cap... will they have to use it to keep assets like Bernier... Are there any UFAs worth signing this year (I think it's supposed to be pretty lean). Can the Leaf management team justify NOT spending to the cap or close to it?

February 27, 2015 @ 12:44 PM

MIke d

good trade for the blue jackets lol leaf fans really shouldnt get their hopes up of this guy playing, his back is shot. There is a zero chance of him playing again. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nathan-horton-on-career-threatening-injury---i-m-like-a-zombie-in-the-daytime-144638780.html Too bad, he was a great player in florida

February 28, 2015 @ 12:59 PM


Will the leafs trade Nate Horton to a CAP tight team to help alleviate their pain for prospects? Interesting....

March 1, 2015 @ 10:27 AM


This got a laugh out of me

The Wreck of The Maple Leafs Season

March 2, 2015 @ 11:07 PM

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