David Clarkson will not be eligible to play his first regular season game as a Maple Leaf until October 25th vs. Columbus. Clarkson left the bench to join the Bay Street Brawl last night and has been handed an automatic 10-game suspension and will forfeit $269,230.80 in salary. The Maple Leafs, already struggling to stay under the salary cap, will have to do some fancy financial maneuvering to fill his roster spot over the next three and a half weeks.
Clarkson is a player who constantly toes the line and it shouldn’t come as a surprise he’s already been handed a suspension as a Maple Leaf. David’s been his usual agitating self since arriving in Toronto. In last week’s game against Ottawa he was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for attempting to pull off the helmet of Jean-Gabriel Pageau in a scrum that broke out after a whistle. Earlier in his career, Clarkson was lucky to avoid a suspension in his New Jersey days when he clearly charged Brandon Dubinsky. While he was able to avoid a ban for that infraction, in this case there was no room for leniency on the part of sheriff Brandon Shanahan. The Leafs will be forced to open the season without their newly acquired gritty forward.
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