• Out Saturday

    News: David Clarkson is "banged up" and will not play in Saturday's exhibition against the Predators, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: David Clarkson was "nicked up" following Tuesday's preseason contest against Nashville, but was initially expected to return to action Saturday against the Predators. He is apparently still feeling the effects of that ailment, however, and thus will not suit up for the Blue Jackets' preseason finale Saturday night. His absence is a bit disconcerting, but the 31-year-old winger is still currently expected to be ready for the team's regular-season opener against the Rangers on Oct. 9. Clarkson will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Blue Jackets this season.
  • Shaking off minor injury

    News: David Clarkson reportedly was "nicked up" following Tuesday's game in Nashville and it caused him to miss Wednesday's practice, but he should fine for the final preseason contests this weekend against Buffalo and Nashville.
    Analysis: David Clarkson was acquired by Columbus in a trade with Toronto last February, only to tear his oblique muscle three games deep with the new club, ending his season prematurely. It may take some tinkering by head coach Todd Richards to find the best spot for him, though he's likely to see a bottom six-role this season. Clarkson used to be an excellent source of PIMs, as evidenced by four campaigns with more than 100 minutes in the Sin Bin between 2007-12, though past injuries may cause him to taper off in that area to some degree.
  • Blue Jackets' Clarkson Out Four To Six Weeks

    News: David Clarkson will miss four to six weeks with a torn oblique muscle.
    Analysis: David 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.
  • Blue Jackets' Clarkson Sustains Upper-Body Injury

    News: David Clarkson sustained an upper-body injury in the third period of Tuesday's game against the Capitals and will not return.
    Analysis: Despite leaving with more than half of a period remaining, David 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.
  • Clarkson Makes Blue Jackets' Debut

    News: David 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.
    Analysis: 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.
  • Jackets' Clarkson Gets Plum Assignment

    News: David Clarkson will skate on the Blue Jackets' top line with Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno on Saturday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: The Jackets are really rolling out the welcome mat for the new guy. Given David 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.
  • Leafs' Clarkson Traded To Columbus

    News: David Clarkson was traded to the Blue Jackets on Thursday in exchange for Nathan Horton (back).
    Analysis: 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. David 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.
  • Leafs' Clarkson Ejected For Boarding

    News: David Clarkson was ejected after running the Habs' Sergei Gonchar into the boards from behind in Saturday's game.
    Analysis: It came on David Clarkson's 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.
  • Leafs' Clarkson Back In Lineup

    News: David 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.
    Analysis: 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.
  • Leafs' Clarkson Sits Again

    News: David Clarkson will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game Tuesday against the Rangers, the Toronto Star reports.
    Analysis: Coach Peter Horachek indicated that his decision to sit David 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.