Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils re-signed forward David Clarkson to a 3 year deal worth $8 million dollars, with a cap hit of $2.66 mil/year. Clarkson received a pretty big pay day despite missing most of the season with a leg injury sustained after blocking a Zdeno Chara slapshot. Earlier this month, I wrote a piece for my audition post on David Clarkson and how much he would cost. From my post, I concluded he would receive a 4 year deal worth $8.6 million. My guess was quite close, as i was off by about $600 000, and one year. If Clarkson was signed to a similar offer sheet by another team and Lou didn't match, the Devils would've recieved a 2nd round pick as compensation. While I would've liked another year, I think this is deal is a good deal. Why? Follow me after the jump to hear why.
With this signing in Mind, the Devils now have 17 players under contract for the 2010-11 season: 12 forwards, 4 defensemen and 1 goaltender with $11.33 million in cap space. With the news of Andrew Peters and Jay Pandolfo being waived and likely bought out, the Devils will have approximately $13.33 million in cap space for Paul Martin or a top pairing defenseman, a depth defenseman, a checking line center, a back up goalie, and two depth forwards, one of those said depth forwards likely being Rod Pelley. Outside of Martin/ top pairing defenseman, I think Lou will be able to get what the Devils need for the upcoming season. Now for about 17 hours of hoping Lou can hash out a deal with Paul Martin.