If Fedotenko leaves, could Clarkson be his replacement?

If Fedotenko leaves, could Clarkson be his replacement?

May 5, 2013, 9:00 am
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Ruslan Fedotenko, left, tallied 13 points with the Flyers this season, while David Clarkson tallied 24 with the Devils. (AP)

Should the Flyers replace Fedotenko with Clarkson?

This figures to be a busy offseason for the Flyers' organization, not just in preparation for next month’s draft in New Jersey, but free agency and potential trading partners as well.

Everyone knows the Flyers need to do something exceptional to upgrade on defense. That’s something we’ll get to at a later date because it will likely have to be achieved via trade.

Let’s look at unrestricted free agents, who are forwards, that would fill spots as a role player.

Assume the Flyers allow Ruslan Fedotenko to leave. What about replacing him with Devils forward David Clarkson?

Again, we are talking about a role player forward, not a scoring forward, which the Flyers will also obviously be looking for if they decide to amnesty Danny Briere.

The 29-year-old Clarkson is a perfect combination of size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and grit –- plus he’s open to fighting, and pretty good at it, too.

Clarkson’s numbers have been all over the map in the past several seasons, but figure he can be counted upon to provide 15 goals and 28 points –- his average over the past six years.

His last deal had a salary cap hit of $2.6 million and Clarkson will be looking for $3 million this time around.

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