Clarkson was placed on injured reserve on January 17 due to a bursa sac issue in his elbow that had been bothering him for quite a few games. Clarkson is still reported to be around a week away from returning, assuming all goes as planned with his recovery. Troy Bodie was called up from the Marlies in order to fill the gap that Clarkson’s injury has left. Bodie has been playing well in that spot, and even scored a goal in Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Smith was reported to be out four-to-six weeks when he suffered a broken hand on December 18. Paul Hendrick via Twitter (@HennyTweets) reported on Friday that Smith is expected back some time in the coming week. Smith has been skating, which is a good sign that his recovery is going well and will be back in the coming week as is expected.
Bolland, since suffering a severed tendon on November 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, is continuing to skate alone. He has been skating for the past two weeks, 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.