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Clarkson pulls muscle in practice, questionable Saturday

Mar 8, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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As Toronto looks to build off of its 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, they might need to go on without David Clarkson.

The 29-year-old forward pulled a muscle and left Saturday’s practice as a result. He might miss tonight’s game versus Philadelphia, according to

If Clarkson is unavailable, Troy Bodie will probably fill in for him on the third line. Toronto has also called up forward Frazer McLaren as an insurance policy, per the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.

The Maple Leafs hold the third seed in the Atlantic Division, but they have just a five-point cushion in the battle for a playoff spot.

Clarkson is in his first season of a seven-year deal worth $36.75 million and has left something to be desired. Between injuries and suspensions, he’s been limited to 43 games and has just four goals and six assists.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Maybe he’s trying to get it all out of his system in the first year of that contract. Wishful thinking, but what else is there? He’ll be a solid player but it’s altogether impossible for him to ever “earn” his money.

  2. lowenni - Mar 8, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    There’s really just no way to justify this signing. Just a stupid, stupid contract, both in terms of cap hit and term. I’m not even a Leafs fan and it pisses me off…

  3. LampyB - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    He’s Toronto’s version of Weiss!

    • pfhockey - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Except Clarkson is way more overrated and his signing wasn’t justifiable based on career stats. lol

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  5. garybrian - Mar 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Guess the Leafs “grabbed him” before anybody else could grab this prize. Wonder what they could have used that money for now? Maybe somebody who deserved it?

  6. kegmen7 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Clarkie is a heart and soul guy, and as a devil fan I loved having him on my team. But I have no idea what Toronto was thinking when they gave him that contract. I hate to say it but id be shocked if that didnt go down as one of the worst contracts/free agent signings in league history.

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