David Clarkson Leaving Would Cripple Devils On And Off Ice

With free agency coming into full effect Friday, David Clarkson is looking to test the market and possibly leave the New Jersey Devils. The undrafted free agent has spent his entire seven-year career in New Jersey, but could be looking to change his sweater and scenery.

According to many reports, Clarkson was made a substantial offer, but declined and is likely headed to free agency unless some drastic change happens. It is unknown what the offer was.

March 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center David Clarkson (23) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Clarkson leaving the Devils not only takes a top goal scorer out of the lineup, but a hard worker, a fan favorite, and a active member in community service. In his time with the Devils he has taken time to help various charities and community projects.

This past February, Clarkson took action in a program called Hockey in Newark. The mission of this program was to help boost interest in the sport of hockey in the children of the Newark community. Clarkson went into the Ironbound Recreation Center ice rink and signed autographs, donated equipment, and skate with the kids.

Following Hurricane Sandy, Clarkson traveled to Atlantic City to take part in a charity game called Operation Hat Trick.

Jan 22, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center David Clarkson (23) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The proceeds went to help people affected by the disaster rebuild and come back stronger.

While playing for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, Clarkson started the program called Clarky’s Kids, which allows children battling cancer to view a Kitchener Rangers game from the Clarky’s Kids suite.

As well as these fantastic community involvements, Clarkson met one fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, had a one-on-one interview, and gave him a great locker room experience.

Clarkson’s presence is felt on and off the ice in New Jersey and many other places. He is a genuine good guy that loves to give back to the community as much as possible. Having him on the roster personifies the Devils organization and their interest in giving back to the community as well as being a class act.

Topics: 2013 Off-Season, David Clarkson, Free Agency, Make-A-Wish, New Jersey Devils, Newark, NHL, NHLPA

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