David Clarkson hasn’t exactly had a dream season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was the team’s biggest addition in the offseason, and he was supposed to be a physical presence on a Leafs team that had been getting by with slicker forward. He was suspended after leaving the bench to fight in the preseason and wasn’t able to make his regular-season debut with Toronto until October 25.
He was suspended for another two games in mid-December for an illegal check to the head, and hasn’t been able to play since January 15 due to an elbow injury.
Clarkson has been back at practice for the Maple Leafs for a few days now, and seems ready to make his return tomorrow.
David Clarkson skating on a regular line at Leafs practice for first time since elbow surgery; could be poised to return Tuesday
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) February 3, 2014
He’ll try to get an incredibly disappointing season back on track against the Florida Panthers. Toronto has been playing some strong hockey lately, winning their last three games. A healthy and confident Clarkson gives this team another dimension that they haven’t been able to project this season due to the player’s stops and starts.
At this juncture, just about anything will be an improvement on Clarkson’s current stat line: three goals and five assists through 36 games played.
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