David Clarkson out for season because he’s a Blue Jacket, hence injured

David Clarkson out for season because he’s a Blue Jacket, hence injured

Math is not our strong suit, but the amount of man-games lost for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season has to be in the thousands, right?

Or so it would seem with this snake-bitten team, which has now seen this season from hell take an new and exciting absurd turn: David Clarkson, the player they acquired in exchange for an injured player, is now himself injured.

(Although we bet his contract is insured.)

From the Jackets:

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  

Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton.  He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.

The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they visit the New Jersey Devils. 

Well, it could be worse. Clarkson could still be with the Leafs.

Team president John Davidson said today on the radio that coach Todd Richards and his staff will be back next year. Which seems like the fair thing to do, in the sense that it’ll hopefully be “hockey season” rather than a reality series on the surgery channel.