COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated right wing David Clarkson off Injured Reserve and assigned defenseman Justin Falk to Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 31, missed the past 21 games since suffering an upper body injury on Jan. 2 vs. the Washington Capitals. He has registered a goal and an assist for two points with 13 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Blue Jackets this season. The Toronto, Ontario native has posted 113-85-198 and 982 penalty minutes in 565 career games with the Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils in 10 NHL seasons. He has posted 1-1-2 and 27 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Jackets since being acquired from the Maple Leafs on February 26, 2015.
Falk, 27, has collected 0-4-4 with 17 penalty minutes and an “even” plus/minus rating in 20 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has added 2-3-5 and 26 penalty minutes in 17 games with Lake Erie. The Snowflake, Manitoba native has tallied 2-21-23 and 151 penalty minutes in 167 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and NY Rangers, including 1-5-6 and 24 penalty minutes in 25 games since joining the Jackets via trade on March 2, 2015. Minnesota’s second pick, 110th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft, he has also tallied 9-29-38 and 232 penalty minutes in 245 career AHL games with the Monsters, Iowa Wild and Houston Aeros.