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via the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders announced today that Cal Clutterbuck has agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Clutterbuck, 25, has 110 points (62 goals, 48 assists) in 346 career National Hockey League games, all with the Minnesota Wild. A native of Welland, ON, Clutterbuck scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 42 games last season, while leading the team with 155 hits (tied for ninth in NHL). He also made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, scoring two points (one goal, one assist) in five games during Minnesota’s Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild attempts to hit Maxim Lapierre of the Vancouver Canucks but his punch is a bit misguided and connects with the face of linesman Darren Gibbs.
Both players received 10 minute misconducts and Clutterbuck asked after the game, (via Michael Russo tweet) I’m too worked up to comment. What could I do?” referring to defending self from Lapierre
From the Minnesota/Edmonton game, Cal Clutterbuck boarding Theo Peckham. Clutterbuck got a 5 minute boarding, and both players earned 10 minute misconducts.
Gillies received five for hitting from behind and a game. Gilies had just returned from a 9 game suspension for a hit in the Penguins/Islanders penalty-filled game.
added 9:48pm, Keith Jones and Mike Milbury on VERSUS not happy with the hit. Watch below…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
There are some players I just have to laugh at in this game, though, and Cal Clutterbuck is one of them. Nothing against the guy at all. He’s good at what he does, which is drive you crazy with the game of “I hit you first, then try to draw the penalty with your retaliation hit against me.” These guys have been in hockey for time immemorial.
That’s fine, I respect that. It’s a game. You have to play every angle, and if being the agitator who gets the opposition to lose their minds and, hence, the game is what you need to do to succeed, then by all means do it, especially if you’ll be paid a million dollars for it.
But, and part of me hates saying this in a way, because I really don’t care either way. But, Cal Clutterbuck is a cowardly hockey player.
He’s Bill Laimbeer on skates, folks.
Cal Clutterbuck answered some fan email at Wild.com,
Question: Who are you most looking forward to meeting as an opponent this year to lay a big hit on?
(laughs) Ahh, probably anyone from Vancouver. Maybe Sidney Crosby.
Editor’s Note: Many people asked about former Penguin and current Senator Sergei Gonchar, who took a run at Clutterbuck last year and delivered a heat shot. This was brought up to Clutterbuck.
(laughs) That was a long time ago, but if I have the opportunity to hit him cleanly, I’m going to take full advantage.
more Q & A…
added 10:49pm, Another hit from Clutterbuck from Travis Yost at PeteProse.
“I’d have been suspended indefinitely. There’s no doubt that all he was trying to do was hurt me.”
-Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild on the elbow he took from Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins. More from Clutterbuck by Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The Wild fans got Cal Clutterbuck’s back by booing Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar the rest of Monday’s game, but Clutterbuck was steaming after the Wild’s 4-3 victory because Gonchar took a flying elbow at his head in the third period.
Gonchar received a five-minute major for elbowing, although the Wild didn’t score on the power play.
“He better hope he retires at the end of the year, I’ll tell you that,” Clutterbuck said, a cut on the bridge of his nose. “Somebody’s going to hurt him before the end of the year. Someone will. It’s not going to be me, but someone will.”
Gameshow-type segment on who knows Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild better: former teammate Barry Brust (Houston Aeros goalie) or current teammate Derek Boogaard.
from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,
Clutterbuck has been credited with 218 hits this season and is on his way to breaking the league record of 311 set by Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown last year.
The statistic has been tracked for only five seasons, so it’s not like he’s breaking a hallowed mark, but the number tells us that Clutterbuck exhibits a rare aptitude for body checks, whether you consider them the result of skill or attitude.
“I think it’s a bit of both,’’ Clutterbuck said. “There’s definitely some anticipation and timing involved. Especially at this level, with the guys the size that they are, and with the balance that they have, you’re going to have to catch them off-balance or by surprise if you’re going to knock them over.
“It’s an attitude, too. There are certain guys who have the opportunity to finish their checks sometimes, and for whatever reason they choose not to. They may try to pick off a pass or strip the puck off somebody. My approach is to just hit ‘em.’‘
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
The CBC analyst and former coach also referenced an earlier fight with Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, which also drew the ire of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. In that fight, Clutterbuck unsnapped his helmet as if to take it off, but when Yandle made no similar move, it stayed on.
So Cherry called Clutterbuck “Buttercup.”
“I just disagree,” Clutterbuck, 21, said. “If you look at the incidents, the first time I asked to take my helmet off and said, ‘No, I’m not going to be the only guy in a fight to take my helmet off.’
“The second time against White, he jumped me from behind, so what do you want? What do you want from me, really — realistically?”