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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Maple Leafs Injury Update: David Clarkson to be ready for season opener

By on 10/02/2014 10:30:00 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson fractured an orbital bone below his right eye last week but should be all systems go for the Leafs' season opener October 8.  According to THE CANADIAN PRESS, the injury was sustained in a fight with Cody McCormick of the Buffalo Sabres but is not too serious.

The 30-year-old winger won't need surgery and has no plans to play any softer because of the injury, stating, "I'm not going to change my game because of something like that."  Look for Clarkson to wear increased facial protection once he returns.

The Maple Leafs will be hoping for an increase in production this season after Clarkson scored just 11 points in 60 games last year, missing time due to minor injuries and suspension.  His 30 goals for the New Jersey Devils in the 2011-2012 season were part of the reason Toronto signed him to a seven-year, $36 million deal a year later.  With one of the worst defenses in the NHL last season, the Leafs will need some of that firepower if they hope to return to the playoffs for only the second time since the 2004 lockout.

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