When the Columbus Blue Jackets traded Nathan Horton to the Toronto Maple Leafs they thought they were getting a pretty sweet deal. After all getting rid of Horton, a player who was being paid but could not play, and getting David Clarkson, a player with a bad contract but who would actually play night in and night out, was a pretty good deal.
Fast forward a little and Clarkson much like Horton was sidelined by a debilitating back injury, and now it seems like he may have given up on a possible return to the National Hockey League as a result.
A breaking news report from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch has revealed that Clarkson is looking to move on and will be taking over as a varsity coach for Upper Arlington High School. Clarkson has already been working at the school as a volunteer, and now he will be taking the next step and officially joining their staff pending approval from the school.
Portzline would not state that Clarkson's career was officially over, but did admit his "career is likely over due to chronic back injury."