David Clarkson has been ice cold in recent weeks and will become a free agent this summer. This post looks at his career shooting percentage and shots per game rate to highlight streaks and his overall rising trends.
Per Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, the deal fleshes out to $2 mil for the first 2 years, and $3 mil in the final year. The Cap hit of the Contract will be $2.66 million/year.
Update: Kypreos got the deal wrong: Per Darren Dreger, the deal is $2 mil for the first year, and $3 mil for the final two years.
Per Tom Gulitti over at Fire & Ice, the Devils have given qualifying offers to David Clarkson, Mark Fraser, Tyler Eckford, Rod Pelley, Patrick Davis and Olivier Magnan-Grenier.
The Devils also did not qualify Brad Snetsinger and Myles Stoesz.
This move was expected and is standard procedure otherwise the restricted free agents would become unrestricted free agents without this qualifying offer. It will be interesting to see which of the 6 players will sign their qualifying offer, which of those will sign longer term deals and finally which players will head down the path of arbitration.
My first guess would be that Clarkson, Pelley & Fraser will be signed to 2/3 year deals with Clarkson obviously being the priority. Lamoriello has commented a few times on how Clarkson is one of his top priorities before 7/1 and I hope that they are able to come to terms quickly.
The other RFA's (Eckford, Magnan-Grenier & Davis) I would expect will either take the qualfying offer or be signed to short term 2 way deals as they have not challenged for spots on the Devils roster yet and will all likely start the year in Albany.