I would give Clarkie $4m per in a heartbeat. The highest I would go is $4.5 depending on the length of the contract. Once you hit $5m you're overpaying him.
4.5 for a 20-25 goal scorer/agitator/fighter is worth it for me, but I really hope Lou can keep him under 5. To be honest, I don't think Clarkson signs with anyone else. He's practically Brodeur's best friend at this point, he clearly has tons of respect for Lou and Pete, and the respect is clearly mutual. Lou and Clarkson are do whatever they can to make sure he stays here, I think.
What really worries me about Clarkson is the length of this contract. I honestly wouldn't mind him at (a definite overpayment of) 5.5 million if it was just for 2 or 3 years. It wouldn't be the best allocation of dollars, but with lots of cheap D on the way, Lou will have room to overpay to keep key guys, I think.
Last edited by Hockey Sports Fan: 05-23-2013 at 08:53 PM.
so i posted this a few weeks back on a different forum, i thought it made a pretty good discussion on some of our free agents that were all impatiently waiting to hear what happens with. So i figured id make a thread over here about the same thing to see what you guys have to say about it! Who do we think will honestly be back next year and who do we think walks away from us.. im not talking about who we want to come back or who we dont want back..im talking realisticly, figure wise what our few beloved free agents values have become or not become to what the devils can actually afford to pay for them. And how long will we have to wait to start hearing about it? i heard negotiations will not start until july? ... however someone leaked out a little but of information that knows zubrus on the other board they said they would not tell us much but that he is currently doing renovations to his home in NJ .. and i happened to read on NJ.com that lou had started discussions with clarkson however at the time there were no numbers currently being discussed, and that he had not yet spoken to elias.