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Clutterbuck signs with Isles — four years, $11 million

Jul 9, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Cal Clutterbuck has signed a four-year contract with the New York Islanders, the club announced today.

Per Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the deal is worth $11 million over four years (cap hit$2.75 million) for the newly acquired winger

Clutterbuck was traded to the Isles at the draft for Nino Niederreiter. The 25-year-old was a restricted free agent that racked up 155 hits in 42 games during 2013. However, his offensive production fell to just four goals and six assists.

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

  1. lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    That is a fairer deal than what I thought he would command, but also another year longer… maybe he took a tad less to get a four year deal…. either way, I and happy he is no longer with MN especially looking at it that we traded clutter and a 3rd for Nino and Cooke.

    I can’t stand Cooke but he is a better 3rd line winger than clutter. Congrats on your deal Cal, you’ll be missed as a person and fan favorite in MN. Best of luck nyi!

    • blueballzny - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Cooke was not a part of that trade. You guys signed him….As for the trade, Isles made out big time. Nino never should have been drafted 5th overall. Great signing Islanders. I’m excited by all of the moves we’ve made this summer. No ridiculous, long term deals that we’ll regret in 3 years. Just solid pickups! For the first time in a long time, our future looks bright!!!

      • islesjb - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        I agree with you that the future is bright and that the the isles made a good pickup in Marc-Peirre Bouchard but I don’t agree with your assessment of Nino and the trade in general. Nino is a talented player, had a big year in the AHL and will eventually be a solid top 6 forward. Regardless of you what you think, he was a top five draft pick and the isles should have gotten more in return for him.

        Unfortunately, given the fact that Nino wanted out of NY, the other GMs had all the leverage and he went for a 3rd liner and a pick.

        Still pumped for this season and think the Isles are going to take another big step forward (goalies permitting).

    • lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM


      I know that Cooke want apart of the trade, I am just looking at the situation. Cooke signed days after so I am saying essentially it was clutter and a 3rd for Cooke and Nino.

      clutter is vastly overrated. Shoots well but from horrible angles and tries to snipe far too often and to put it on net. Shoots first, doesn’t pass or well and plays out of position all the time. Seldom will he crash the net and his checks are that intimidating. He lands several checks a game but its never a difference maker. Clutter is a fan favorite and a great locker room guy. I wish him nothing but the best but I find his on the ice value to be greatly inflated by his checking numbers (again out of position)

      I hope this isn’t a triple post, cell service is spotty and sorry for spelling errors with typing on this tiny screen.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Err phone!

        trying to say clutter doesn’t put the puck on net enough and that his checks are not game changing. Just racks em up.

        good value for both clubs, just MN wins on homerun potential in Nino.

        Again, best of luck nyi. Bright future

  2. rsmaggiemae - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I am also glad Cal is gone… He made some great hits, but never recovered the puck after the hit….it seemed to always wind up on the opposing teams stick.

    I am glad the Wild signed Cooke, I know fans are very upset about this, but give the guy a chance Lets see what happens… TIME WILL TELL He is no different than Brown or Subban they are dirty players also. Subban always went for the achilles with his skate when he had the player up against the boards. I wrote 6 letters to the NHL about this and they finally caught him last year and fined him 5 grand and 3 game suspension.
    If you think Cooke is bad then go back in time to the Brutal Bruins of the 70’s and Schultz of the Flyers and you will see really really bad hits, but the players were not scrutinized like they are today…and they were not fined or suspened. just time in the penalty box.He is a much better player than Cal
    Just think of the intimidation on the ice when he is playing on his line…..
    It has to affect the other teams players.
    I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and see what happens
    Poeple do change and he has not been suspended for 2 years so we will see how it turns out.

  3. ashtongronholz8 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I agree, Brown is ridiculously dirty but is allowed to play under the radar and not many recognize it because he doesn’t get suspended. I’m willing to give Cooke a chance because I’m certainly not changing changing teams, and the only news I’ve heard about the guy often gets blown out of proportion as is the case with Torres. I’ve seen Torres play however and he is the epitome of old school hockey and I love it. Hockey fans are getting soft, not every injury warrants a suspension this isn’t soccer or basketball.

  4. jetsisles16 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    nice signing here but gave up a lot to get him. nino can be isles top 3 scoring forward playing taveras’ wing. clutterbuck is at best a 2nd line checking forward with limited scoring potential but probably more of a 3rd or 4th line player on a solid deep team.

  5. leeroyjeenkins - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Thanks for your time in Minnesota Cal, will miss the energy you brought. Good luck with the Isles, and a chance to play with Tavares again

  6. modellforprez - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    not sure how free agency went for the is landers but the fans should be happy. finally having a annual playoff contending team. Tavares and okposo they have some skill and im not sure about Snow as general manager but losing streit was pretty bad.

    • islesjb - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Losing Streit was not that bad after seeing what Philadelphia paid him. They overpaid by a mile and Garth was not willing to do the same. Matt Donovan will step up and eventually fill his shoes. Visnosky will fill that role in the meantime,

  7. northstarsmitty - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Clutterbuck has been a favorite of MN and mine for awhile, he has a unique skill set. He racks up hits, but what stats don’t show are the type of hits. He is not dirty, but he is relentless at checking bigger, stronger west conf. forwards. He finishes plays, disrupting opp. flow of play. He does a lot more than paper suggests, plus he was hurt most of last year which no one really caught attention of. This is a great pick up for NYI. He will not ever come close to a 2nd line forward. You simply need to rely on those guys to score consistently, Cal will not. That however is a fair compromise for a guy that changes a lot of elements that will result in better offensive scoring ability as a team. Cal is always first to start a scrum, but good luck getting him to drop the gloves. Glad I was at the game where he dropped them by force vs CO in March. Nino is worth the potential and will be in a sitaution to compete for his roster spot. Plenty of talent at the same level as he is to earn one. Works for both teams

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