Maple Leafs acquire F Clarkson, ship G Sparks to Vegas

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded for the contract of one of their former players, right wing David Clarkson, in a deal that sent backup goaltender Garret Sparks to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

As part of the deal, the Golden Knights also sent the Maple Leafs a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Clarkson, 35, is a former 30-goal scorer for the New Jersey Devils, where he played his first seven NHL seasons before inking a seven-year, $36.75 million free-agent deal with the Leafs before the 2013-14 season.

He scored 10 or more goals on six occasions, the last being in 2014-15 when Toronto traded him to Columbus in his second season with the Maple Leafs. The Toronto native has not played in the league since 2015-16 when he suited up just 23 times with the Blue Jackets.

He was dealt to Vegas in June 2017 before issues with three degenerative discs in his spine have ceased any realistic hope for his career to continue. The Leafs are expected to transfer Clarkson to their long-term injury list, with Yahoo Sports reporting the intention being for the team to free up salary cap space to sign Mitch Marner, a restricted free agent, to a new extension.

For his career Clarkson posted 114 goals and 86 assists over 570 NHL games.

Sparks, who turned 26 last month, has gone 14-18-2 with a 3.09 goals against average in two seasons as a Toronto reserve. He was originally a seventh-round pick by the Leafs in 2011.

In an additional move, the Golden Knights signed veteran defenseman Deryk Engelland to a one-year, $700,000 contract on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Deryk Engelland scored two goals with 10 assists in 74 games with Vegas last season and has 29 career goals in 622 games over 10 seasons. He has played with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009-14), Calgary Flames (2014-17) and the Golden Knights (2017-19).

--Field Level Media