Potential unrestricted free agent David Clarkson and his camp are preparing to begin fielding offers from other teams at noon Wednesday after not accepting a contract offer submitted by Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello to his agent during the draft weekend in Newark. “Over the weekend, there was an exchange with Lou,” Clarkson’s agent Pat Moriss confirmed. “He put in an offer and that was not signed. David’s contract ended on the 30th (of June) and by tomorrow teams can call and say what they think of David. We’ve got an open mind with New Jersey and we’ve got an open mind with NHL clubs. We know where New Jersey is at today to a level to sign a contract. It was a respected offer that was not signed and we’re just moving forward with whatever the timeline is.” Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams and potential free agents have a 48 hour window to communicate before they are permitted to sign contracts beginning at noon in Friday. As his previously contracted team, the Devils are still permitted to sign Clarkson at any time and Morris said they are still willing to listen to anything the Devils have to say, but didn’t know if there would be any further communication before noon Wednesday. “We indicated we would keep in touch as the process went along, but Lou would have to answer that question,” Morris said of whether they would talk again before Clarkson begins talking to other teams. “We have no need to call him. New Jersey is the one facing life without David, so that’s up to Lou to answer that question.” Lamoriello didn’t sound optimistic Monday about his chances of re-signing Clarkson, but did sound as if he intended to continue talking with agent. “David, I don’t know at this point,” Lamoriello said of re-signing Clarkson. “We’ll certainly talk and I’ll leave it at that.” Clarkson, 29, led the Devils with 15 goals, tying for a team-high with five game-winners, during the lockout 2012-13 season after scoring a career-high 30 goals with a team-best seven-game winners. All three of the goals he scored during the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals were game-winners, tying him for the team lead with Adam Henrique, and he added nine assists. After signing with the Devils as an undrafted free agent in 2005 following a successful junior career under Devils coach Pete DeBoer in Kitchener, Clarkson is coming of a three-year contract that paid him $3 million in 2012-13 and carried a salary cap hit of $2,666,667. With a host of teams expected to be intersted in a free agent market with a limited number of right wings available, Clarkson likely will receive offers with a significant raise.
Clarkson preparing to begin fielding bids from other teams after not accepting Devils’ offer
Bergen Record | Jul 2