David Clarkson is expected to make his Toronto debut after serving a 10-game suspension to start the season.
Clarkson was involved in a preseason incident in which he left the Leafs bench to join a fight against the Buffalo Sabres. A native of suburban Toronto, Clarkson signed a huge seven-year contract with the Leafs this summer and was one of the most sought-after free agents. His addition to a Leafs team that's already playing well should be a significant boost.
Clarkson will make his season debut on Friday vs. Columbus.
In Maple Leafs practice Clarkson was skating on a line with Dave Bolland and Mason Raymond. He has served his 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a fight in the preseason. Clarkson had 15 goals and nine assists (24 points) in 48 games during the lockout shortened season.
7 years, $36.75 for Clarkson and Leafs. Ltd no-trade and no-move clause.
After scoring 30 goals in 2011-12, David Clarkson only potted 15 in 48 games this season. The 6-foot-1-inch, 200 pound forward brings a physical style of play and solid net-front presence. His size along with the addition of Dave Bolland will open up the ice for the smaller Maple Leafs like Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri.