After their hot start to the season, few things have gone right for the New Jersey Devils. Whether you want to pin it on the injury to Martin Brodeur or a variety of other factors, they’re just having trouble getting it together right now.
If that continues over the next couple of weeks, we could see them look to move a couple of veteran players. One of those players that they could explore trading is David Clarkson.
Clarkson is coming off of what was, by far, the best season of his career in 2011-2012. He was a key piece in the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals, finishing the regular season with 46 points. That point total included 30 goals, which was almost double his previous career high of 17.
This season hasn’t seen the same success for Clarkson. He has just 18 points on the year, but has managed to pot 10 goals. Still, more was expected out of him.
Clarkson is a free agent this summer and will draw interest from a variety of teams looking to add a power forward like him. Which means that, no matter what happens this season, he could be donning a new sweater before the 2013-2014 season begins. Does that mean the Devils should look into dealing him?
It means that they probably should. We’ve seen more and more teams, across professional sports, deal guys that were about to become free agents in order to get something for them, rather than let them walk for nothing. That would probably be the right move in the case of Clarkson.
If they do look to deal him, there would likely be no shortage of teams interested. A power forward like Clarkson would be a huge addition to a contending team looking to add another piece for the home stretch. We have yet to hear any real rumors surrounding the availability of Clarkson, but one would imagine that’s right around the corner.