After eight-game absence, Clarkson back for Leafs

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David Clarkson, out since Jan. 15 with an elbow injury, will be back in the lineup tonight when Toronto takes on Florida in Sunrise.

Clarkson, who’s slogged through a disappointing campaign after signing a seven-year, $36.75 million deal with the Leafs this summer, has missed the last eight games with the aforementioned elbow issue. It was the latest setback in what’s been a start-and-stop season — Clarkson missed 10 games to start the season through suspension, then another two in December (also due to suspension), then a game in early January with a left foot injury.

All told, the 29-year-old has appeared in just 36 games this season, scoring three goals and eight points.

Based on this morning’s skate, Clarkson will play on a line with Mason Raymond and Jay McClement.