Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson is out four to six weeks with a torn oblique muscle, the team announced Wednesday.
Clarkson suffered the injury in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. He spent 7:32 on the ice before leaving in the third period.
[daily_cut.nhl]Clarkson, 30, was acquired by the Blue Jackets on Feb. 26 in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In three games since, he has recorded 14 penalty minutes and two shots on goal.
Over eight-plus seasons in the NHL, Clarkson has played 547 games and recorded 196 points (112 goals, 84 assists) with 969 penalty minutes.
The Blue Jackets (26-33-4) are seventh in the Metropolitan Division and will play the Devils (27-27-10) in New Jersey on Friday. President of hockey operations John Davidson said on 96.3 FM in Columbus that coach Todd Richard and his staff will return next season.
- Mike Fiammetta