Move pays off for Clark

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:47 PM ET


 TAMPA -- Chris Clark may be the only man in Calgary who is glad fellow right-winger Martin St. Louis is no longer a Flame.

 That's not to say he didn't see the potential in the Lightning's diminutive scoring star.

 "I knew in the minors he was way too good to be down there and everybody knew it -- Calgary just didn't have a place for him," said Clark, who played in Saint John, N.B., with St. Louis.

 "If he stayed in Calgary, maybe he wouldn't have become the type of (dominant) player he is now."

 Having said that, it suddenly occurred to Clark St. Louis' departure made it possible for him to make the club.

 "Actually, his (departure) probably opened a spot for me," laughed Clark, 28, of the new NHL scoring leader. "Geez, I might not be standing here. I might be the only one happy he's gone."


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