TORONTO - Family, friends, fitness folks and the front office are all getting behind David Clarkson to make sure failure does not mark his second season with the Maple Leafs.
The team needs Clarkson to be as robust and rejuvenated as he looked and sounded Monday when the club had more than 20 regulars and farmhands show up for an informal workout at the MasterCard Centre.
“It’s easy to have excuses, but you go back to work,” said Clarkson, who couldn’t hit the reset button fast enough after 2013-14. “Everybody goes through tough times, tough days and tough years. From top to bottom, that was something I’ve never been through. Suspended, injured and to come back injured again trying to play ... it was just a nightmare.
“You do what you have to in life. I knew what I had to do, get back (to positive habits). That’s how you come out of it.”