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Trade: Isles send Niederreiter to Wild for Clutterbuck

Jun 30, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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The Wild and Islanders have teamed up for the first noteworthy trade of the day.

New York has sent Nino Niederreiter to Minnesota in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and Minnesota’s third-round pick (70th overall) at today’s draft, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

Niederreiter, the fifth overall selection at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, reportedly demanded a trade during the 2013 season after failing to make the Isles out of training camp.

While he had a productive season with AHL Bridgeport, there were rumblings of disappointment at not being at the NHL level — but the Isles were adamant at the time they had no interest in dealing him.

Niederreiter had a difficult rookie campaign in 2011-12, scoring just one goal (his only point) in 55 games while posting a minus-29 rating.

Clutterbuck is a restricted free agent that racked up 155 hits in 42 games during 2013. However, his offensive production was down, with just four goals and six assists.

The 25-year-old is coming off a three-year, $4.2 million contract.

His best season came in 2010-11 when he scored 19 goals and added 15 assists, with a league-leading 336 hits.

Clutterbuck also has one key connection to the Isles organization — he was a junior teammate of John Tavares in OHL Oshawa.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Interesting. Will Nino get a chance in MIN?

    • lordfletcher - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      amazing deal for Wild.

      Nino will excel in MN, not worried about him at all. he was who I wanted the Wild to draft that year

      love it love it love it

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        I hope so. I have been waiting a couple of years now haha. Wanna see if this kid is the real deal.

  2. valarmorghuliss - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    More proof just how bad Garth Snow is, where is the Snow apologist?
    No defending this trade, you should get more for Nino.
    Snow is garbage

    • bcisleman - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Right here. No way to know what Nino will be at the NHL level. His one NHL season was a disaster. He asked to be traded and was. Clutterbuck adds toughness with a scoring touch AND he played w/ JT in junior. he might make the ideal linemate for JT and Matty.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Joe Thorton’s 1st NHL season was a disaster and Nino played well in Bridgeport this year.

        The point is, you can get more than Cal Clutterbuck for a top 10 prospect with a bunch of upside.

        Which is why the Wild said yes and are loving the fact that they could get him for Cal Clutterbuck.

        Snow sucks
        Accept it

      • lordfletcher - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM


        are you suggesting that a bottom 6 forward will team up with JT?!

        He is slowing down and doesn’t check like he used to. His shot fell off a lot as well. He hits the glass 49/50 times. JT would make him a much better player but my God, if that’s is NYI plan, they have lost their mind.

        Clutterbuck is a 3rd line energy player that will be having several injuries a year soon. he has checked too many people for the wheels to not fall off eventually.

        Clutter is a great dude and will be a fan favorite but don’t expect much guys. His game is in decline

      • bcisleman - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Based on WHAT can you get more? I was high on Nino before he was drafted BUT he had a disaster of a season and is unproven at the NHL level. If you look on this thread, some Wild fans are bemoaning this trade. CC is a proven NHL talent who will add toughness and ability on the PK which the Isles have reapeatedly shown they need. He will also be someone who can watch JT’s back and is a former teammate.

        VERY VERY TIRED of all you Garth haters. He’s done a GREAT job of rebuilding this team. Find another team to root for please!!!

      • lordfletcher - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        the Isles need D and goaltending, not a checking 3rd liner. Clutter is not that impressive of a hockey player. he is a fan favorite, is why any Minnesotans may be upset about this. His on the ice value is very low. dime a dozen

        Clutter will not win you guys playoff games.

      • ashtongronholz8 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        lordfletcher, while you may be right, Nino wanted a change of scenery and isle’s just wanted to get something for him. Clutter will add a presence not many teams enjoy playing against and I think that’s what Isles wanted (anyteam in general). He’s comparable to brown minus the cheap shots and leadership. I personally am excited with this trade as a wild fan but I don’t think the isles could have gotten a decent goalie or D for nino unless it was a prospect they may be looking at FA.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        I completely understand what you are saying… but, again, Clutterbuck is not in Browns area code, zip code or country. Clutterbuck is the poor, very poor mans D. Brown.

        Not trying to knock Clutter because he is a great player for what he does, but what he does is not dynamic and can be found much easier than a top 6 forward with huge potential (pending that he can be a minor head case). I get that Nino wanted out, I just think Snow made a very bad deal.

        time will tell

        cheers amigo, hope it works out for both teams.

      • ashtongronholz8 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Agreed, he really only gave us 1 decent year of offense but damn was he fun to watch. The wild sure are sitting pretty with their young talent now, cant wait for the next couple years.

      • bcisleman - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Lord Fletcher: Based on what are you assuming his game is in decline? He is 25 and had an off year this year after several very good years. With his size and scoring ability as well as overall toughness, he could be just what’s needed on the top line. Would you have thought Bickell would be a fit on a top line of a cup winner?

      • lordfletcher - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM


        it is my opinion that he is declining. All of those hits seem to be taking their tole. Maybe it wont show this year but very soon. Making this trade means Snow plans of signing Clutter to a decent deal, maybe 4 years 12 million?

        sometime soon in that contract, I am guessing Clutters body will slowly break down as an elite 3rd line guy.

        I have been known to be wrong at times, and I hope i am now because I do like Clutterbuck.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        dont see how you can say a 25 year old is declining, especially a 3rd or 4th liner that only played 13-14 minutes a game in minn. given the opportunity and minutes clutterbuck will be a good addition to line 1, 2, or 3. nino had gone sour, you get what you can for a guy when you can get it, it was pretty clear he wanted out and he didnt do jack while he was there. as a pens fan i got a little pissed about it, i love clutterbucks game and not looking forward to seeing him 6 times a year.

    • rmk76 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Wow you are clueless… this is the same guy that picked up guys like Grabner, Moulsen, Parenteau off the scrap heap. The same guy that has created what is widely regarded as a Top 5 organizational ranking. Again I must say, clueless

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Grabner is over rated and a 3rd liner, who does nothing but cost his team defensively when on the ice. Grabner sucks.

        The same guy that has had the Isles missing the playoffs year after year has the 5th at BEST group of prospects?
        Well mercy me, Bravo, you’re telling me when you’re picking early year after year you should have some prospects?
        But you can FORGET about Top 5 now that your idiot GM traded Nino for Cal.

        Habs, Wild, Oilers, Sens, Panthers, Blues and Sabres all have better systems now. Are your Isle cup contenders? Nope. So you’re not a contend and you don’t have one the best minor league systems in hockey.

        Should I go over all the bad picks that have COST the Isle over the years? Whooptee F’ing Do, he picked up other peoples garbage when there was no risk and a couple of them turned out to be 3rd line players. While failing in the draft more often than not, and failing at everything else he does.

        But you clueless homer know-nothing idiots in NY keep thinking otherwise. Nearly everyone else in hockey thinks he’s a buffoon.

        No go stfu you yammering New Yorker who knows nothing about hockey outside of his tiny lil bubble of ignorance.

        Get destroyed much? Or do you actually need me to list all the stupid things he has done?

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        But you keep defending passing up on Jeff Skinner, to take Nino 5th overall, only to give up on Nino 2 years later.

        Yup Snow sure did his homework, had an asset like 5th overall and takes a guy he obviously was wrong about or decided he doesn’t like after only 2 years.

      • bcisleman - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:22 AM

        Wow, what a moron this fool is!!! When a team rebuilds from nothing as Snow had to do after Milbury destroyed the organization, it takes time to get into contention. When Jimmy D left the Isles to take over what were known as the Dead Wings, it took him five years to contend also. And he was working in the pre-cap era with an owner for whom money was no object.

        Grabner over rated? Now I know you are a moron. He is one of the best PP and PK guys in the NHL and I guarantee you VAN and FLA would LOVE to have him back.

        Neither the Habs, Blues or Sabres have prospect pools as deep as the Isles. Moulson a third line player? How many teams that you know of have 30 goal scorers on their 3rd lines?

        Milbury did make a lot of bad picks. Garth has not. He has consistently turned out quality players and prospects from late round pcks.

        Virtually EVERYONE else in the hockey world–former haters included–has been impressed with what the Islanders did this year. They need a goalie. Once they get solid goaltending, they will contend for the Cup. And then Garth will have the last laugh over you foolish haters.

  3. jovocop2112 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    There goes any reason to trade Luongo. Getting Nino back would have been the only thing worth swallowing DiPietro’s contract

    • bcisleman - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      That was NEVER happening!!!

  4. vstar1us - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    The Wild took one in the shorts here! What are they thinking, ask you tow highly over paid players to give up some money for the team! The team that is my team that will never be a Cup winner without a great goalie and a better team caption.

  5. vstar1us - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Two not tow , sorry I fat fingered it out of anger

  6. vstar1us - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    See kids anger gets you no ware, and I mean no ware

    • helloname01 - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      How drunk are you? I have no idea what you’re trying to say

      • tuberippin - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        In regards to Niederreiter, he wrote: “See kids? Anger gets you nowhere. Nowhere.”

  7. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    And a 3rd…

  8. vstar1us - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    The question will Niño get a chance in Minni, well every other has been does, so why won’t he!

  9. billyhauntswizards - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    horrible trade. Nino is worth much more.

    • bcisleman - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Based on what? His one NHL season was awful. Big risk for another GM.

  10. bcisleman - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Isles have been throroughly de-Swissed now!!!

  11. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Anyone know what Nino’s contact is??

    • killerpgh - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

  12. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    As a wild fan I never expected to get this much for clutterbuck. Hopefully he plays well for you guys we surely will miss his style of play but I think this was a good trade for both teams ( mostly minny ha)

  13. tuberippin - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    As an Isles fan I find it highly difficult to defend this trade regardless of whether you’re looking at it from a short-term or long-term perspective. The only way this trade ends up being a neutral one for the Isles is if Niederreiter never pans out. More than likely it’ll be a negative trade for the Isles, particularly since we have almost no other viable wing prospects in the minors presently.

    and we talk a lot about JT’s ability to make his teammates better, and granted he played with Clutterbuck in the OHL, but some styles of play are difficult to alter. Clutterbuck is more Matt Martin than he is PA Parenteau, from what I’ve seen.

    • bcisleman - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      I think you are trying very hard to find the negatives. Nino is an unproven asset whose one NHL season was a disaster and who followed up that season with a trade demand. Look at it from an opposing GM’s pov. Any GM who gives up proven talent–namely CC–for the hope of an upside that may not materialize is risking his own career.

      This trade might prove to be a win-win. Nino might turn into a viable top 6 PF, CC might find his mojo again and McAdam might develop into a quality NHL goalie.

  14. northstarnic - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Jun 30, 2013, 2:59 PM CDT
    The Wild took one in the shorts here! What are they thinking, ask you tow highly over paid players to give up some money for the team! The team that is my team that will never be a Cup winner without a great goalie and a better team caption.


    Anyone care to translate?

  15. northstarnic - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I think this should work out well for the Islanders. They are a highly skilled, finesse team. they needed to add some grit. Clutterbuck plays a very physical, yet clean game (in contrast to Dustin Brown’s constant dirty play). He doesn’t consistently produce on offense, but he shouldn’t need to with his new squad.

  16. northstarnic - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Hopefully Nino can make a big addition to the Wilds squad of talented young forwards. He’s got size, speed and skill, and has been regarded as one of the top prospects in the league previously. I hope he can fulfill his potential here with the Christmas sweaters.
    I always liked Clutterbuck, glad to see him go to a team that I don’t hate. And a team that MN will rarely have to face.

  17. rmk76 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Nino had to go. I get that many of you are saying the Isles should have gotten more, but I am not sure what any of you are basing that on. If (and I said “if) the reports I have seen that the Isles offered Nino and #15 for Schneider and the Canucks still took the Devils offer of #9, that may just show what people think of Nino.

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  19. kvashasux - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    no big deal. 2 players that won’t be in the league in 5 years.

  20. lbeezyse - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I am not sure why all the Wild fans are so surprised by this trade. There was no way Clutter was coming back. We don’t have the cap room & still have to resign Spurgeon & Cullen who are way more important than Buck. Bulmer will fit Clutter’s role perfectly at a fraction of the cost while possessing better offensive skills. This trade excited me because it adds to our already outstanding stable of top notch prospects.

    IMO I absolutely hated Clutter being on the ice. He was constantly out of position after “finishing a hit”. Cals hits have progressively gotten softer over the years. He had a knack for starting something that was usually finished with other teams goons taking out our star players. All in all I am happy to see the guy gone. He is a dime a dozen player that will easily be replaced.

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