Clarskson was placed on injured reserve on Friday due to a bursa sac issue in his elbow that had been bothering him for quite a few games. He missed yesterday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, and will also miss at least the next two games. There is no set date as to when Clarkson will return. Troy Bodie was called up from the Marlies in order to fill the gap that Clarkson left.
Along with Clarkson, Frazer McLaren was also placed on IR on Friday due to a shoulder injury. He will be out for at least a week while he recovers.
Trevor Smith was reported to be out four-to-six weeks when he suffered a broken hand on December 18. Since it has been over four weeks since the time of the injury, he could be making a return to the lineup in just over week or less, assuming his recovery goes as planned. Smith has been doing on-ice practices, which is a good sign that his recovery is going well.
Dave Bolland, since suffering a severed tendon on November 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, has begun skating for the first time since the injury. He has skated solo four times this week, but is still unsure as to when he’ll begin practising with the team. There is still no set schedule as to when Bolland will return to game action.