The Winnipeg Jets lost one of their bottom pairing defenseman for good. And same with the league. Defenseman Grant Clitsome, a former Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick, has announced his retirement at the young age of 31.
Clitsome was a ninth round draft pick by Columbus in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. In 93 career games with the Blue Jackets, he had 36 points (9-27-36).
In February 2012, the Jets claimed Clitsome off waivers from Columbus. In 112 career games with Winnipeg, he had 35 points (6-29-35).
Even though it was a short career, he has shown production during his time on the ice. Hopefully he can recover from his back injury. Hopefully it is not as bad as Nathan Horton's degenerative back injury.