TORONTO, CANADA (CBSNewYork) — David Clarkson is no longer a New Jersey Devil. He’s going home to Ontario. Clarkson, 29, was raised in Mimico, Ontario.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Clarkson has agreed a seven-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth a total of $36.75 million.
The contract includes a limited no-trade clause and no-movement clause.
Clarkson scored 15 goals and collected 9 assists in 48 games in 2012-13. He went undrafted and signed with the Devils as a free agent in 2005.
The Devils have already signed his replacement in former Rangers winger Ryane Clowe. New Jersey reached an agreement on a five-year contract according to various reports.
Clarkson spoke at a press conference in Toronto on Friday and thanked Devils’ head coach Pete DeBoer for his impact on his career.
“Pete DeBoer is somebody who has helped me throughout my career,” Clarkson stated. “He’s a big reason why I’m at this point in my career.”
The rugged winger also took time to thank general manager Lou Lamoriello.
“He’s part of the reason why I’m standing here today,” Clarkson said. “Jersey is still close to my heart.”
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