Maple Leafs' David Clarkson benched again, says it's a 'message'
Clarkson and Maple Leafs interim head coach Peter Horachek talked for nearly 10 minutes on the ice Tuesday morning, a conversation that was described by reporters as "animated."
The Horachek-Clarkson conversation was fairly animated ... and lasted several minutes. Clarkson looks flabbergasted.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 10, 2015
Really looks like Clarkson is giving Horachek his two cents. Doesn't look too happy.— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) February 10, 2015
Horachek/Clarkson conversation goes nearly 10 minutes. Clarkson didn't look happy at any point.— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) February 10, 2015
Clarkson was later asked about the conversation between he and Horachek and his benching.
"This was something where there was a message being sent and I’m sure everyone got the message," he said.
Clarkson also said he and Horachek were "just talking" and that he has a ton of respect for the coach.
The 30-year-old has scored 10 goals and has five assists for the Maple Leafs this season, with a shooting percentage of 11.1.
Toronto hosts the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
- Jack Jorgensen