BREAKING: Clarkson contract found to be in violation of CBA

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 31 2014 10:00PM

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TheLeafsNation.com can exclusively report that the National Hockey League will put out a press release later this morning, confirming that the Toronto Maple Leafs have been found in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement on multiple levels surrounding David Clarkson's 7 year contract, and will be penalized their 1st Round Draft Pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Scoop

From our source within the National Hockey League:

As they'll explain on Tuesday, the Leafs messed up huge on this in two different departments. First and foremost, the league has unearthed major tampering... Clarkson's camp and Leafs management had been in touch with each other a couple of times throughout the 2012/13 season, and had a deal done within days of the Leafs being eliminated. The rumoured "Edmonton offer" doesn't exist, and was intentionally leaked by Leafs brass. Evidence of this has been gathered and kept in safekeeping in the event that MLSE takes this to court.

The second part has to do with his contract structure. To keep it simple, an illegal amount is placed into signing bonuses. Clarkson for some reason requested that large chunks of his salary were to be paid at once, and the total they ended up with is simply too high.

The league was going to keep the penalties strictly financial, but repeated denials by the Leafs on the tampering half made things worse. I don't know why they did it, it would take a fool to believe what they were saying with all the evidence against them. 

Clarkson's contract will not be voided; it's too late in the process for that.

First Reaction

This is bad. Really, really bad. It's the first truly significant example of tampering that the league has unearthed, which makes you wonder if there have been other cases to this extent, or the Leafs were just that bad at hiding this.

The signing bonus part stings, when you realize why it exists. To keep it simple, it's to make him get more money if/when he gets bought out at any point in the deal. I don't know if 75% is too high, or if there's even more than we know, but the league doesn't like it in any case.

The worst part, of course, is the penalty. A first round pick, during a massive free fall, all because of the already bad looking contract of a severely under performing player. At this point, there's no question that he needs to have the best year of his career, six years in a row, for this to have made long term sense.

Here I was thinking that nobody could top the Calgary Flames and the Ryan O'Reilly offer sheet debacle. I guess I was wrong. We'll see what happens with management after this, and how they react to the public; I expect a release or a press conference of their own at some point during the day.

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#1 Cory
March 31 2014, 10:08PM
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Wow...

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#2 Steve Dangle
March 31 2014, 10:10PM
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Cory wrote:

Wow...

Nah.

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#3 Dave
March 31 2014, 10:15PM
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Getting in on it early this year, I see.

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#4 Phrankie
March 31 2014, 10:15PM
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If the Leafs lose their 1st they better include the Leafs balls in the lotto just so we can cry when they win and then have the first overall pick taken.

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#5 noni khanna
March 31 2014, 10:16PM
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WHY?

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#6 Sudden Clarity Clarence /Buzzkill
March 31 2014, 10:17PM
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Heartbreaking

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#7 April foolssss
March 31 2014, 10:19PM
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Stop Editting my posttt

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#8 fart
March 31 2014, 10:20PM
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burp

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#9 @ammarhussain96
March 31 2014, 10:22PM
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D:

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#10 STAN
March 31 2014, 10:24PM
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This signing ALONE is enough for Nonis's dismissal.

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#11 Caleb
March 31 2014, 10:29PM
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please be a troll. please be a troll. please be a troll. please be a troll. please be a troll. please be a troll.

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#12 allfive6
March 31 2014, 10:31PM
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If this is BS I will never use this site again

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#13 Back in Black
March 31 2014, 10:34PM
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It's not just Clarkson. I've heard that the only reason Chicago traded Bolland to the Leafs was that he told them he'd never re-sign with anyone but Toronto.

The Hawks won't take him back now that he's damaged goods. Who knows what the league is going to do this time.

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#14 TGT23
March 31 2014, 10:34PM
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Has to be true.

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#15 AprilFool
March 31 2014, 10:42PM
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Nonis ya dingus

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#16 Cld9kingsfan
March 31 2014, 10:43PM
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Mother of god

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#17 Phil
March 31 2014, 10:43PM
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Kessel is good at hockey

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#18 Brick
March 31 2014, 10:48PM
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LOUD NOISESSSSS

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#19 The Craig
March 31 2014, 11:11PM
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Hahaha might have had me if not for: "from our sources" and "Leafs Nation can exclusively report"

Good one Jeffler. Good one.

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#20 PatrickConlin16
March 31 2014, 11:11PM
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This is unreal! ....."Checks date"...... MARCH 31ST? oh god

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#21 April Fools
March 31 2014, 11:13PM
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Our management are a bunch of fools

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#22 NastyKnate
March 31 2014, 11:28PM
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Nations Network is based in Edmonton

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#23 Brad Mitchell
March 31 2014, 11:34PM
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Nonis should be shown the door quickly for that kind of sloppiness.

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#24 Dawgfan1980
April 01 2014, 12:17AM
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Ah, ending with a bang this year, eh?

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#25 Cam Charron
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SOURCE: (n) the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.

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#26 SolidJoel
April 01 2014, 01:04AM
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This is insult to injury, Let's hope they both get fired ....and we end up with a Coach and a GM who believe in logic, statistics and strategy instead of these two wing nuts who make decisions based on gut-feel, what the good old boys say......and a belief that if you say the same tired old slogans over and over..... Somehow that is considered coaching and strategy.

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#27 Chapmanrunner
April 01 2014, 06:49AM
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This team is the worst

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#28 Dan
April 01 2014, 07:01AM
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Go high glove.

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#29 Steve
April 01 2014, 07:13AM
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!!

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#30 Dave
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dummies!

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#31 Alex
April 01 2014, 08:23AM
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bunch of fools?

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#32 Jamie
April 01 2014, 08:31AM
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Wakey

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#33 Brad Mitchell
April 01 2014, 09:21AM
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#34 Galen
April 01 2014, 10:39AM
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This better be an April fools joke.

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#35 MaxPower417
April 01 2014, 11:13AM
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Even if this was true, would it be that bad?

I might be willing to trade Clarkson and a 1st for nothing, just to get him off the books.

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#36 MaxPower417
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Even if this was true, would it be that bad?

I might be willing to trade Clarkson and a 1st for nothing, just to get him off the books.

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#37 ?
April 01 2014, 11:26AM
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LMAO at all the people who thought this was real.

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#38 mark johnson
April 01 2014, 12:16PM
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please be an april fools joke...PLEASE!!!!

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#39 mlpnj5
April 03 2014, 08:54AM
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You don't do an April Fool's joke the day before. We all learn this as children. If you ignore this rule, it ceases to be fun. I thought about simply not returning to the site but I enjoy the other writers too much. However, this is the last post I will read from this writer - full stop.

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