Last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Clark played in all 82 games, scoring 2 goals and adding 13 assists to go alongside a shaky minus-26. Through his career, Clark has played in 681 career NHL games while collecting 185 points to go with 293 penalty minutes.
The Wild blue line has been a topic of discussion this season given the lack of experience they have on the back end. Russo points out that the Wild dressed five defenseman with 140 career NHL games or fewer on Sunday night against the experience Vancouver Canucks.
GM, Chuck Fletcher addressed the situation with a simple comment about signing Clark.
“You can never have enough defensemen.”
Russo notes that Clark has spent this season playing in Oklahoma City, registering almost a point per game. A stat that would stand out to many clubs looking to add a veteran defenseman.
Adding help on the blue line is a popular discussion around the NHL with multiple playoff bound clubs searching for upgrades on their back end. The Wild may have taken the proactive step by signing Clark ahead of the trade deadline and at the same time, avoided having to part ways with any of their promising young prospects.
The addition of Clark will bring the number of defenseman to eight for the Wild and Fletcher stated that he will consider carrying all eight NHL ready d-men for the remainder of the season.