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Wild’s Clutterbuck off crutches, won’t play Tuesday

Feb 25, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck resumed walking without the use of crutches on Monday, the first time he’s done so since being kneed by Edmonton’s Taylor Hall five days ago.

“He’s doing better. Hopefully just a calm day today,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo told the Pioneer Press. “Obviously [the hit was] pretty scary but encouraging that he’s getting better quickly.”

Clutterbuck sat out Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Calgary, and has officially been ruled out for when the two teams meet again on Tuesday in Minnesota.

As for the rest of this week — Minnesota has games in Phoenix on Thursday and in Anaheim on Friday, so it’s possible he could be back in the mix before the weekend.

Minnesota will be anxious to get Clutterbuck back in the lineup soon. He leads the team in hits this year, with 49, and the Wild were out-hit 13-11 by the Flames on Saturday.

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  1. chowdzki12 - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Sure hope he’s back for the March 3rd rematch with Edmonton. I’d love to see Clutterbuck get the first crack at that punk Hall.

    • getadealdonealready - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Suspensions shouldn’t start until the player you injured is back on the ice.

      • nvandy42 - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Stupid. So you’re saying that when Bertuzzi ended Steve Moore’s career he should have just never been suspended? Suspensions should be enforced immediately. However, I do think that they should one of the days of the suspension should be enforced the next time the two teams play each other, unless it was their last matchup of the year, in which case the suspension would work as it does now.

      • getadealdonealready - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        No, I’m saying the opposite, and maybe not very well. If you injure someone, and the hit is deemed suspend-able by the NHL you should miss the same amount of games the injured players miss plus the games you were suspended once they return. IMO that would clean up the cheap shots, and eliminate the shots to the head of opposing players completely.

  2. nvandy42 - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    pardon the bad semantics. I started on one thought and ended on another. lol

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    That’s weird with the way Wild fans carried on I thought Clutterbuck’s career was in jeopardy…

    • woodstakes - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Watch the video of the hit then watch Clutterbuck try to get off the ice… then you tell me if it looked like he was playing a game of tag or if he just took a cheap shot knee to knee which very well can lead to the end of one’s career or drastically shortening it.

      Perhaps if it happens to a very popular player on your team, you’d see it differently!

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