David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson will miss four to six weeks with a torn oblique muscle.

Clarkson initially suffered the injury in the third period of Tuesday's contest against the Capitals in just his third game with his new club. If the winger is out towards the later end of the timetable, his season is likely over, but it's possible he could return for the last few games if it's on the shorter end.

David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson sustained an upper-body injury in the third period of Tuesday's game against the Capitals and will not return.

Despite leaving with more than half of a period remaining, Clarkson gave fantasy owners exactly what they expected from him: a two-minute tripping penalty and a 10-minute misconduct penalty to bring his PIM total above the century mark for the season. The extent of his injury isn't immediately clear, but the Blue Jackets should provide a better assessment of his condition either after the game or following Wednesday's practice.

David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson made his Columbus debut Saturday in a 2-0 loss to the Devils. He had four hits, two SOG, one blocked shot and one minor penalty in 16:13.

He skated on the top line with Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen, an assignment that should put him on your fantasy radar. His most productive season in the NHL came while he skated with Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey. He is certainly more than capable of standing in front of the net and banging at rebounds.

David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson will skate on the Blue Jackets' top line with Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno on Saturday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The Jackets are really rolling out the welcome mat for the new guy. Given Clarkson's woeful performance in Toronto there's no reason to rush to your waiver wire yet based on this news, but this is a player with a 30-goal season on his resume. If Clarkson does show any signs of life in his new uniform, he could be worth scooping up.

David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson was traded to the Blue Jackets on Thursday in exchange for Nathan Horton (back).

The two teams will swap forwards with undesirable contracts, and while Horton (back) is the more promising player from a talent perspective, it's entirely possible that the former Bruin (and Blue Jacket) will never be able to play again. Clarkson is healthy, but with just 26 points over the last two seasons, he hasn't come anywhere close to living up to his contract. He will likely skate on the third or fourth line for his new team.

David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson was ejected after running Sergei Gonchar into the boards from behind in Saturday's game.It came on his third shift. He had already gotten into a fight on an earlier shift and then clearly left his brain on the bench when he got back onto the ice. A suspension is likely looming -- Gonchar left the game and did not return. This really wasn't the way to impress a coach who had only just reactivated him from a benching.

David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson, who had been a healthy scratch for the last two games, returned to action Thursday against the Islanders. He had one SOG and two hits in 10:35.He played a smarter game than usual -- he didn't get into scrums after the whistle and pursued the puck well. It didn't deliver any points, but at least he's back in the lineup.

David Clarkson RW CLS 3 months ago

Clarkson will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game Tuesday against the Rangers, thestar.com reports.Coach Peter Horachek indicated that his decision to sit Clarkson again is about keeping the Leafs' lineup intact after the team snapped an 11-game losing streak Saturday. To date, Clarkson has recorded 10 goals and five assists in 53 games for the Leafs, who signed him to a seven-year contract in July of 2013 worth an average of $5.25 million per season.

David Clarkson RW CLS 4 months ago

Clarkson will be a healthy scratch Saturday against Edmonton, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

The 30-year-old did not take the ice for warmups and the team later confirmed that Clarkson will indeed watch from the press box as a healthy scratch. It marks Clarkson's first healthy scratch as a member of the Maple Leafs.

David Clarkson RW CLS 4 months ago

Clarkson did not take the ice for Saturday's pregame warmups, Megan Robinson of Sportsnet 590 The FAN reports.

Clarkson skated a little over 11 minutes in Friday's loss to New Jersey. There hasn't been any word of an injury, so his absence may be performance related. Clarkson has chipped in just one goal and one assist in his last 17 games.