David Clarkson is the latest New Jersey Devils player to sign on with an overseas hockey league. The rugged winger will play for EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League, according to the team’s official website.
He arrived in Salzburg Wednesday morning, along with his wife and daughter. The 28-year-old stopped by the team’s facility and was due to practice with the squad in the evening. Clarkson’s contract is a one-year deal that goes through the end of the 2012-13 season. The pact has a clause for Clarkson to return to the Devils when the NHL owners’ lockout finds a resolution.
Other NHL players on EC Red Bull Salzburg include Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom and former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Alex Auld.
Clarkson scored 30 goals, a career best, in 80 regular season games in 2011-12. He posted three goals and nine assists in 24 Stanley Cup playoff games. It was revealed after the season that the Toronto native had played with a broken foot in the postseason. According to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, he has fully healed and has been skating in Toronto with a group of other players during the lockout.
The other Devils under NHL contract who have ventured overseas are Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA St. Petersburg/KHL), Marek Zidlicky (HC Kladno/KHL) and Anton Volchenkov (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod/KHL).