Clarkson is a 29 year old right winger who brings size, grit and a talent for scoring goals in front of the net with deflections. His skating is sub par and he plays the third line role with some power play time. He disappears for long stretches and does not gel with highly skilled players. He is worth a $4 million cap hit under normal circumstances.
2013 NHL Free Agency is approaching and circumstances are definitely not normal. A team that is desperate for size in their lineup such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers or Calgary Flames are going to pay David Clarkson more than what he is worth.