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TORONTO -- Courted by a number of other teams as the NHLs free-agent bonanza unfolded, David Clarkson knew deep down there was really only one place he wanted play. Lance Parrish Tigers Jersey . The Toronto native joined his hometown Maple Leafs on Friday, inking a lucrative contract with the club he cheered for as youngster. "As it was getting down to the end there were three or four (teams) where I was kicking back and forth," Clarkson said at Air Canada Centre. "At the end of the day I think in my heart this is where I wanted to be." Raised in Torontos west end, Clarksons return home didnt come cheap for the Maple Leafs, who will pay the 29-year-old a reported US$36.75 million over the next seven seasons. "Its an honour to be here," Clarkson added. "I wore that jersey as a kid. I was a big Leafs fan when I was little so itll be pretty special to put it on. "Its definitely big to my dad. He raised us as Leafs fans, he bought us all our first Leafs jerseys so its definitely big to me and my family." Apart from adding Clarkson, Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis also re-signed first-line centre Tyler Bozak to a five-year deal worth a reported $21 million. "Were pretty happy. Our top nine (forwards), I think, will be pretty competitive," said Nonis, who also acquired centre Dave Bolland from Chicago at Sundays NHL draft. "And our fourth line will be very hard to play against. I can tell you (Leafs coach Randy Carlyle) is happy with the options that we have right now, in a lot of different areas." In Clarkson, one of the biggest free agents on this years market, the Maple Leafs get a gritty, hard-nosed winger. "I play a style of hockey where I try and come out every night and wear my heart on my sleeve. Thats just the type of player I am," said Clarkson, who added he owned a Wendel Clark jersey when he was a kid. "I try and do different little things, whether its scoring or hitting or pressure. Every game you go on that ice you need to play well, you need to do something. Thats my plan. "Every night Im going to put the hard hat on and go to work." The Maple Leafs, who suffered a memorable collapse in Game 7 of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins, had already bolstered their goaltending by trading for Jonathan Bernier, who signed a two-year deal with Toronto on Friday worth $5.8 million. The seven-year term given to Clarkson is uncharacteristic of the Maple Leafs, but Nonis said the big forward would have gone elsewhere had the length of the deal been shorter. "I believe he has a lot of good years left in him," Nonis said. Toronto cleared salary cap space to make Fridays moves by buying out centre Mikhail Grabovski and defenceman Mike Komisarek. The Leafs entered unrestricted free agency with the second-most available money under the cap and the ability to spend up to the $64.3-million limit. Grabovski had four years remaining on his $21.5-million deal and cost the Maple Leafs $5.5 million per season against the NHL salary cap. The Komisarek buyout saves the Leafs $4.5 million by removing the final season of his five-year deal from their cap. Bozak, who had 12 goals and 16 assists last season, will take up $4.2 million a year on his deal that linemate Phil Kessel praised by writing on Twitter: "My buddy is back leaf nation." Nonis said he talked to Bozaks camp two days ago, but woke up Friday unsure of how things would play out. The deal was sealed after Nonis made an offer around noon which he called "basically the most we could do." "To his credit, Bozie wanted to stay here," said the GM, who added that Bozak "maybe left some money on the table" from other teams looking for his services. Clarkson will count $5.25 million against the cap while adding size on right wing. The six-foot-one, 200-pound power forward had 15 goals and nine assists last season for the Devils and scored 30 in 2011-12. Clarkson, who got calls from Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf and defenceman John-Michael Liles welcoming him to Leaf Nation, said he isnt worried about the increased attention and pressure of playing in one of the leagues biggest markets. "My job is on the ice. Im going to go out there every night and Im going to give you everything I have," Clarkson said. "Am I perfect? No, but Im going to go out there every night and play my game." Notes: Nonis said the team did not pursue former Florida Panthers forward Stephen Weiss because they felt Bozak "was a better fit." ... The Leafs did talk to former Kings defenceman Rob Scuderi but didnt make an offer. Scuderi, instead, told them he was looking to sign in the U.S. closer to where he had a home. He went on to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... Toronto also signed tough guy Frazer McLaren to a two-year deal worth $1.4 million. McLaren had 102 penalty minutes, three goals and two assists in 35 games last season. ... To round out the day, the Maple Leafs also signed forward Trevor Smith, as well as defencemen T.J. Brennan and Kevin Marshall. Nick Castellanos Tigers Jersey . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. Francisco Rodriguez Jersey . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville.DENVER -- Tim Thomas made himself right at home in his adoptive state. Thomas had 32 saves for his 200th NHL victory and Brian Campbell had a goal and an assist in the Florida Panthers 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored, and Tom Gilbert had three assists for the Panthers. Ryan OReilly scored for Colorado, which has lost three straight. The bad news kept coming for the Avalanche when coach Patrick Roy said star centre Matt Duchene injured an oblique during the third period. He played only three shifts after the second intermission. "Hopefully its not too serious," Roy said. The Avalanche have cooled off after setting a franchise record for the hottest start through 16 games. They dropped road games in Carolina and St. Louis and came home looking to turn things around against lowly Florida. Thomas had a lot to do with Saturdays loss. The 39-year-old goalie moved to the Colorado Springs area in 2012, where the elevation is more than 2,000 feet higher than Denver. "I dont know if its the mountain air," he said after looking sharp on consecutive nights. "Obviously, I lived out here in Colorado the last year, but I felt real good and I was seeing the puck real well." The Panthers, who lost in Minnesota on Friday, looked like the fresher team throughout. They outshot Colorado 14-10 in the first period and had more scoring opportunities. They cashed in when Scottie Upshall found Boyes alone in front of the net, and he beat Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov with a wrister to make it 1-0 with 7:20 left in the first period. Varlamov finished with 29 saves. "We set the pace pretty good," Gilbert said. "Weve had slow starts and we just got pucks deep and played a great game down low. Anthony Gose Jersey. quot; Colorado stayed on its heels in part because of four penalties -- one a double-minor for high sticking by Nate Guenin. The Panthers capitalized on that early in the second when Campbells slap shot from the top of the circle beat Varlamov to make it 2-0 1:15 into the frame. It was the first two-goal lead of the season for the Panthers. "Its nice playing with a lead, its a good feeling and thats what you want all the time," Campbell said. The Avalanche cut the deficit in half when OReillys shot went off Gilberts leg and past Thomas early in the second, but Kopecky restored the two-goal lead when he scored 2 seconds after Colorado killed off its fifth penalty in the first 33 minutes of the game. "We got some energy back after the goal and gave up a goal," Roy said. "We were battling and played them more even in the third." Colorado amped up the pressure in the third, but couldnt get one past Thomas, who made 15 saves in the period. Huberdeau sealed it with his fifth goal at 12:16 of the third. "We havent had the lead very often, but when we have had it weve played pretty well," Thomas said. "We play very composed with the lead and thats a good sign. Its been our goal at times this year. The last thing we need is to have problems in that area." NOTES: Upshall had two assists. ... Avalanche D Matt Hunwick was in the lineup for the first time since being recalled from Lake Erie of the AHL on Nov. 4. ... Colorado was the second stop of the Panthers five-game, eight-day Western Conference road swing. ... Avalanche LW Cody McLeods wife Jessica gave birth to a baby girl early Saturday morning. ... Floridas five wins have come against teams with winning records. It was the Panthers first win in Denver since Jan. 2, 2003. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '