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David Clarkson | Winger | #97

Team: Vegas Golden Knights
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 207
Contract: view contract details

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David Clarkson (back) does not have a stall set up in the Golden Knights' locker room at City National Arena.
Clarkson hasn't been medically cleared to play yet, but Vegas GM George McPhee said the team is awaiting the results of Thursday's physicals before making a decision on how to proceed. It's not expected that Clarkson will be available for the upcoming season. He hasn't played since March 2016 and his career could be over because of a back injury. Fri, Sep 15, 2017 09:13:00 AM

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The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to take on David Clarkson's contract as part of a larger trade.

Clarkson still has three seasons left on his seven-year, $36.75 million contract. Clarkson unfortunately will probably never play again, so Vegas will presumably move him to the long-term injured reserve list.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 10:24:00 PM

Elliotte Friedman is reporting that he has heard rumblings that Columbus and Vegas are discussing a trade that would send David Clarkson to Vegas in a salary dump.

Clarkson has a $5.25 million cap hit through the 2019-20 season but will no longer be able to continue his hockey career after a back injury. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekäläinen has been looking for ways to dump his contract and the expansion Golden Knights might be the perfect fit. Friedman speculates that the deal will include Columbus' 1st round pick (24th overall) and some young forwards.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 02:57:00 PM

David Clarkson (back) has been selected as Upper Arlington High School's hockey coach.

Clarkson is on a seven-year, $36,750,000 contract that runs through the 2019-20 campaign, but he hasn't been able to play since March 11, 2016 and the chances of him being able to resume his NHL career are low. He wasn't able to pass his physical in September and hasn't skated with the Blue Jackets at all in 2016-17. He is still seeing a back specialist though.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 07:53:00 AM

David Clarkson (back) has been placed on long-term injured reserve.

He is dealing with a chronic lower-back problem that has him sidelined indefinitely. Clarkson was limited to just 23 games last season and it's not looking good for him already.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 03:59:00 PM

David Clarkson remains out indefinitely with a chronic lower-back problem.

Clarkson failed the Blue Jackets' physical. "He will be trying to work his way back through rehab, but he has had a rough summer," Jackets president John Davidson said. "He has tried to train all (summer), and he has had real issues with it." At this point it's possible that Clarkson may have played in his last game. Clarkson's contract is insured, which is particularly noteworthy because Nathan Horton's deal was not, creating problems for the Jackets when he sustained a career-ending injury. The Jackets dealt Horton to Toronto in exchange for Clarkson in a deal that essentially bought Toronto cap space and meant that Columbus was at least getting an active player for the money they were already spending. Unfortunately the Blue Jackets have only gotten 26 games out of Clarkson, but at least if he's on the LTIR they're spared of the cash they'd have to pay Clarkson and not just the cap hit, so this is still better than the Horton situation for them.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 10:03:00 AM

David Clarkson has failed his physical, so he won't be with Columbus at the start of training camp.

He has dealt with plenty of injuries and was limited to 23 games last year. Clarkson was suffering from a back injury at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 01:46:00 PM

David Clarkson is dealing with back issues.

Clarkson was limited to 23 games this season due to a variety of problems. He now has the summer to recover, but injuries have been a recurring theme for him in recent years, so it wouldn't be surprising if he spends some time on the sidelines in 2016-17.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 11:03:00 AM

David Clarkson (lower body) will not play in Toronto for the Blue Jackets, Wednesday night.

In only 23 games this season, Clarkson has two goals and four points for the Jackets. Clarkson has no fantasy value.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 09:23:00 AM

David Clarkson (lower body) will not be in the lineup Saturday.

Clarkson has only two goals and four points in 23 games this season. He has no fantasy value.
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 07:40:00 AM

David Clarkson has a lower-body injury.

He is considered day-to-day at this time. Clarkson has contributed just two goals and two assists in 23 appearances with Columbus this season.
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 01:26:00 PM

David Clarkson is injured again, according to Coach John Tortorella.

No details have been released about Clarkson's injury, but we'll keep you posted as his status gains clarity. The 31-year-old has posted just four points, 23 PIMs, and 45 hits in 23 games this season.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 01:13:00 PM

David Clarkson, Jared Boll and Cody Goloubef will each be scratched from Thursay's match with the Devils.

Unfortunate for Clarkson who made a name for himself in New Jersey over seven seasons before his fiasco in Toronto. In 18 games this season for Columbus, Clarkson has posted two points with 13 PIMs and 36 hits. Which at least makes him a top line forward in reverse leagues.
Source: Craig Merz
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 06:48:00 PM

David Clarkson (upper body) has been taken off of the injured reserve list.

Clarkson hasn't played since January 2nd, but he has been skating and practicing with the Blue Jackets for a little while now. He has a goal and an assist in 18 contests this season.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 01:04:00 PM

David Clarkson (upper body) is taking part in Columbus' Thursday morning skate.

Clarkson has been skating for a while now and this isn't the first time he's done so with his teammates. It's still not clear when he'll return, but this is at least an encouraging sign.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 10:53:00 AM

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