Will Devils’ David Clarkson consider signing with hometown Maple Leafs?
Devils right winger David Clarkson loves coming home to Toronto.
“This is my favorite place to play,” he said of the town in which he grew up as a Maple Leafs fan.
But will Clarkson, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, think about signing with the Leafs to play in his hometown? He gets asked that a lot around here.
“You always have people who’ll ask you things and say things,” Clarkson said. “My focus is winning and doing what we did last year. I leave all that other stuff to (agent) Pat Morris. I just go out and play. Everything else is second to me. I want this team to be successful.
“My focus right now is right here (with the Devils). We’ve got to get this turned around. We have something special in here. I want to win. All those other things will fall into place in summertime.”
But he loves coming home.
“I do. It’s the place I was born and raised. It’s always fun to come home,” Clarkson said. “I grew up watching every one of these games with my dad, so whenever you get to come home and play against the place you’re from is always fun.”
He got to play in the old Maple Leaf Gardens in a charity game during the NHL lockout.
“I spent a lot of time at Maple Leafs Gardens in those seats with my dad cheering for the leafs so it was cool to get a chance to play there,” he said. “This summer when they had the event it was something that meant a lot to me because of that.”