True but Clarkson must have more value then some random prospect
Logically, the only thing you can do is to turn into a seller and trade Clarkson to a playoffs contender for a pick and you'll keep your fingers crossed it's not going to be a bust the day he'll be ready to enter the league... Probably not before year 2015.
I think it's a terrible terrible mistake to trade Clarkson. He is not even 30 yet, get him back where he belongs, on the 3rd line, he's just in over his head against top 6 competition. He's struggling because he's far from the most versatile forward out there but without him we'll need more than ever what he's already bringing to the table: shots and goals. Both are hands down our biggest issues, the bottom of the NHL. Hell, it's Clarkson that is still the Devils goal scoring leader today !
What Lou must do on the other hand, is to improve the team with signing a legit top 6 UFA during the off-season. He's got to sign someone with some offensive upside, period.
For the rest of the season, I liked Kostitsyn for a 4th rounder though. Trotz has been coaching him for 3 seasons now so people should stop believing those who say he's not a capable 2 way player. Very skilled too. Lacks of consistency though, but more upside than a Dags for example, SK can handle top 6 minutes.
There were a few on here last night shouting to trade Patty. No where near as loud as the trade clarkson group right now, but generally the stuff on Twitter is like 10 times as bad as anything on here so he might of been getting lots of trade Patty tweets by morons.