Maple Leafs place David Clarkson on injured reserve

David Clarkson is headed to the IR with an elbow injury. (USATSI)
David Clarkson is headed to the IR with an elbow injury. (USATSI)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed struggling forward David Clarkson on injured reserve. He will miss at least the Maple Leafs' next three games while dealing with what Randy Carlyle termed a "bursa sac issue" in his elbow, via Sportsnet Radio's David Alter.

It has been a rough season for Clarkson after signing one of the biggest free-agent deals last offseason to join the club. He started the season on suspension and has already been suspended once again. He also dealt with a foot injury earlier in the season. Meanwhile, the power forward has just eight points in 36 games including a paltry three goals.

Clarkson talked about his struggles with Sportsnet.ca’s Chris Johnston:

"It's been one of those roller-coaster rides where you just try to get in and do what you can. Am I happy with the way my season's gone? No, I'm not. I'm not happy with it.

"At the end of the day, I've got to find a way to personally get back to things and do what I'm asked by the coaching staff."

Clarkson will have to get past this latest issue to try to get back on track. If Clarkson doesn't find a way to turn things around, that pressure of a big contract won't get any easier to deal with. Not only that, but it will get a lot harder for the Leafs to pull out of this recent downward spiral.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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