Clarkson (back) was traded to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday in exchange for Garret Sparks. The Leafs also acquired a 2020 fourth-round pick in the deal.
Toronto was able to make a savvy-cap move, taking on Clarkson's $5.25 million cap hit for the next two seasons, with the ability to place him on the long-term injured reserve list. The move allows the Leafs to build a roster with a projected cap hit up to $92.5 million, while dealing with Clarkson and Nathan Horton's contracts on LTIR. This move is in light of Mitch Marner still unsigned, and gives the team more flexibility as the two sides work towards a solution.
Clarkson (back) was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
What has been speculated for many days is now official. As a reward for taking on Clarkson's $5.25 million cap hit for the next three seasons, Vegas is receiving the Jackets' first-round pick in Friday's draft and a second-round pick in 2019. As for Clarkson, a back injury may very well have ended his NHL career. He last played on March 11, 2016.
The Blue Jackets have a deal in place with the Golden Knights to ensure that a very specific list of Columbus players are exempt from the expansion draft, but this agreement may also be contingent on the Vegas club acquiring Clarkson (back) and his $5.25 million annual cap hit, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen reportedly is willing to trade Vegas the 24th overall pick in this year's draft and a prospect not named Pierre-Luc Dubois or Sonny Milano in order to protect Josh Anderson, Jack Johnson, David Savard and goalie Joonas Korpisalo from being taken in the expansion draft. The Columbus Dispatch reported this past February that Clarkson's career may be over due to his having three degenerative discs in his spine, so trimming the fat on his contract would be ideal for the breakout club of 2016-17.
Clarkson's back will likely never allow him to play hockey again, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
It's been over 11 months since he saw any game action, and a few weeks ago his back was so stiff he couldn't even get out of bed in the morning. Clarkson is dealing with three degenerative discs in his spine, and the only surgical remedy -- having his spine fused -- would completely end any possibility of a comeback. His contract runs through the 2019-20 season but is mostly covered by insurance, so expect the 32-year-old to essentially remain a permanent resident on the Blue Jackets' long-term injury list, barring a miraculous recovery.
Clarkson (back) isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Ducks.
Clarkson was taken off the long-term injured reserve last week but will now fail to crack the lineup for a third consecutive game since then. There's still no timetable for his return, but those interest in his availability can expect an update on his status once he's ready to return to the Blue Jackets' lineup.
Clarkson (back) has been taken off long-term injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Clarkson's removal from LTIR suggests that he's moving closer to game action. However, the Blue Jackets do not play again until Friday, so it will be worth monitoring his status ahead of that home contest versus the visiting Canadiens.
Clarkson (back) was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Clarkson's designation for LTIR should come as no surprise after he failed his physical coming into training camp. The winger will miss at least the next 10 games, but it could certainly be longer given his injury-prone nature. With that in mind, fantasy owners would be taking a big risk giving the 32-year-old a roster spot.
Clarkson failed his training camp physical Wednesday due to a back injury, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Clarkson will miss at least the start of training camp if not longer. The 32-year-old missed the bulk of the 2015-16 season due to various maladies and it seems this year will be no different. If he is unable to return, the Blue Jackets will be able to get cap relief as his seven-year contract is insured. Fantasy owners may want to avoid the winger given the uncertainty of his future.
Clarkson is healthy after playing only 23 games last season due to a variety of injuries, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
"Healthy" is a relative term in Clarkson's case given his long, checkered injury history but he'll head into training camp fit and fighting for a spot on the fourth line. The Jackets have a number of younger wingers fighting for roster spots, but Clarkson's unwieldy contract -- which is made up primarily of signing bonuses, making it expensive to buy out -- could ensure he remains in Columbus as long as he can make some sort of contribution.
Clarkson (lower body) won't suit up for Tuesday's game against the Flyers.
Clarkson has now missed five consecutive games with a lower-body injury, and remains without a definitive timetable for his return to game action. Fantasy owners don't need to keep tabs on Clarkson's status, as the 31-year-old winger has only tallied four points in 23 games this season, and shouldn't be owned in the deepest of fantasy leagues. The Blue Jackets should provide an update on Clarkson's status once he's fit to play.
Clarkson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Clarkson, who last suited up on March 11, has notched four points and 23 PIM in 23 games for Columbus to date this season. Consider him iffy for Tuesday's game against the Flyers.
Clarkson (undisclosed) didn't practice Saturday, Todd Jones of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Clarkson has been hampered by injury for much of the 2015-16 campaign, and appears poised to miss at least a few more games with this latest issue. The exact nature of Clarkson's ailment remains a mystery, but the Blue Jackets should provide an update on the veteran winger's status once a timetable for his return to action is established.
Clarkson (upper body) was taken off injured reserve by the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Clarkson will still need to get in some practice time before he can rejoin the lineup, but coming of injured reserve is a step in the right direction. The winger has missed a total of 21 contests thus far dating back to Jan. 2. In his limited number of health outings, the 31-year-old has tallied a disappointing two points in 18 matchups, which makes him a low-end option in terms of fantasy value.
Clarkson (upper body) has been skating for the past few days, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
While it's an encouraging development, the exact details of Clarkson's setback remain a bit of a mystery, as the club hasn't expanded beyond coining it an upper-body injury and GM Jarmo Kekalainen indicated he remained without a timetable. The winger has't played since Jan. 2, so whenever he's ready, he'll likely need some full practices under his belt before returning to game action.
Clarkson (upper body) was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Clarkson will be out of the lineup for a while according to coach John Tortorella. The winger has struggled on both ends of the ice, tallying only two points in 18 games while racking up a minus-7. With the 31-year-old injured, Jared Boll is likely to see increased ice time.
Clarkson (upper body) will be out for an extended period of time, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Clarkson suffered the injury during Saturday's game against Washington, and head coach John Tortorella believes it will keep the forward out for some time. Expect Jared Boll to take Clarkson's spot in the lineup for the time being.
Clarkson suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's game against the Capitals and did not return.
Clarkson was limited to just 3:46 of ice time in Saturday's contest before leaving due to injury. He was replaced by Jared Boll on the fourth line during Monday's practice, but he hasn't officially been ruled out Tuesday at this point. Another update should be provided either later Monday or after morning skate Tuesday.
Clarkson will be a healthy scratch Tuesday night against the Stars.
Columbus needs all of the offense it can get against Dallas --- currently the top team in the league -- and Clarkson likely wouldn't have been a factor with the puck had he gotten the starting nod. Clarkson has just two points in 17 games this season and it seems that his 30-goal output with New Jersey in 2011-12 is not only an outlier, but a distant memory as well.
Clarkson picked up his first goal of the season in Thursday's 7-5 win over the Coyotes.
Clarkson has gotten off the fourth line recently, and the 15:35 TOI that he received Thursday was a season high. It's hard to expect any kind of consistent offense from him given how he's looked for the last few seasons, but if he keeps getting consistent ice time he might chip in the occasional goal.
Clarkson (back) was activated off of injured reserve Wednesday.
A previous report suggested that Clarkson could return to the lineup at some point this week, and his activation from injured reserve Wednesday certainly backs that up. His next chance to play comes Thursday against the Jets, and it certainly seems as though he'll be an option for the game. Prior the injury, Clarkson played among the Blue Jackets' bottom six forwards, and will likely do so again when he returns.