Clarkson Salzburg

Devils’ Clarkson signs with Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg


EC Red Bull Salzburg is at it again.

Days after netting its first big locked-out NHLer (in the form of Winnipeg’s Tobias Enstrom), the Austrian club signed another on Wednesday — New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson.

The news was first reported on the Red Bull website. Clarkson and his family arrived in Salzburg on Wednesday, and he’ll begin training with the team later tonight.

“I’m still a little tired after the long flight, but I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my career and to playing in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga,” Clarkson told

The 28-year-old forward is coming off a career year with the Devils, recording 30G-16A-46PTS in 80 games last year.

Clarkson was also a vital contributor to New Jersey’s Stanley Cup playoff run, netting 3G-9A-12PTS in 24 games — with all three goals being of the game-winning variety.

The signing now makes Red Bull a formidable force in the Austrian league. Prior to inking Clarkson and Enstrom the club already had a slew of ex-NHLers on the roster — Alex Auld, Rob Davison, Ross Lupaschuk, Steve Regier and Justin DiBenedetto.

Salzburg has been a dominant force in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga as of late, winning four league titles since 2007.

(Image courtesy Red Bull Salzburg)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.