The Boston Bruins are in a full offseason swing and are trying to bolster their lines. The apparent, imminent departure of Nathan Horton and the loss of Jaromir Jagr has put a dent in the offense that needs to be filled. And filled quickly before too much talent is scooped up off the free agent market. With Vincent Lecavalier now with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Bruins should look to David Clarkson, who played with the New Jersey Devils last season, as a solid addition to the squad.
Clarkson has the size and toughness to fit right in to a Boston forward line. He comes from a similar mold as Milan Lucic. Both are tough, physical and gritty, but have a knack of scoring goals when they are needed and can provide good production. In last year’s shortened season, he scored a respectable 15 goals. During the Stanley Cup playoff run the season before with the Devils, Clarkson had 12 points to add to his goal tally of 30 for the regular season.
However, he will likely demand more than the $3 million dollars annually. It’s been speculated that he turned down the Devils latest offer because it would not be more than what he is currently making. If the Bruins can get him with no more than $4 million a year, it might be worth the money. Keep in mind, Jagr was paid $4.5 million a year for less than average production at that pay level and did not nearly provide the level of physical play Clarkson can bring. It would be in GM Peter Chiarelli‘s best interest to get a deal done shortly.
With teams grabbing players quickly, the Bruins could find themselves in a bidding war, possibly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are currently looking for a winger too. Once the Devils can complete a deal with Patrik Elias, they may focus more on bringing Clarkson back as well.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou