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Updated: Isles’ Clutterbuck to miss ‘extended time’ with skate cut

Sep 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

Tuesday night was a tough one for Cal Clutterbuck.

The Isles forward, playing his typical energetic style, was banged up during New York’s 5-3 split-squad loss to Calgary last night, and sent back to Long Island today for further evaluation.


Isles coach Jack Capuano told Newsday that Clutterbuck “will miss some extended time” with a skate laceration (see below for how it happened.)

Clutterbuck’s rough night began with this hip check, courtesy Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman:

Clutterbuck returned to action following that hit but left for good early in the third after colliding with Calgary’s Paul Byron.

He left the ice favoring his leg and was thought to have suffered a skate cut, which has since been confirmed.

Losing Clutterbuck is costly for New York.

He’s expected to be a valuable energy forward this year, which explains why the club was willing to trade prospect Nino Niederreiter to get him (also explains why the Isles immediately signed Clutterbuck to a four-year, $11 million extension).

  1. allday420ap - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    hence the reason the wild felt they had gotten enough miles out of him

    • bcisleman - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      We don’t know how serious this is. Hockey players get injured. Nino sustained two injuries w/in the first few weeks of his first and so far only NHL season. Wild don’t really know what they have in him. Could be great but could be a bust too. Remains to be seen who will get the better of this trade.

    • garyreasons55 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      I must’ve forgotten about the savvy front office of the Wild and their infinite knowledge of when a guy is done(Niklas Backstrom).

      Sarcasm aside getting lacerated by a skate is not an indication that a player is done. I’d rather have Clutterbuck than Matt Cooke who they signed to replace him. As for Nino, what can I say? The guy just didn’t want to play in Long Island and that basically handcuffed Snow from getting more for him. I hope he fails miserably. I actually like the Wild and hope they do good, just not Nino.

      • slickvb82 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Rather have Clutter that Cooke who the Wild signed to replace him huh? I guess 27 goals and 32 assists in 2 seasons is less valuable than a guy who is merely entertaining and provides pretty minimal offense.

    • allday420ap - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Not saying hes done by any means, I will always be a huge clutterbuck fan and wish him nothing but the best as well as PMB.

      • garyreasons55 - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        slickvb82. I don’t know why there is no reply tab below your post. Maybe it’s because Clutter buck had 34 goals and 61 the same time frame that you spoke of Cooke’s stats. Clutterbuck is a better player than Cooke and less of a scumbag than Cooke. It’s very unfortunate that he’s going to be out a while. The NHL is ridiculous with their cryptic injury reports. Just tell us what’s wrong and how long he’ll be out. You aren’t fooling anyone.

      • slickvb82 - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        @garyreasons55 – I was just talking about the last 2 yrs stats (Cooke and Clutter not even comparable). If we look at the last 6 seasons (since Clutter has been in the league) he has 62 goals and 48 for 110 pts. Cooke in that time 72 goals and 48 assists for 173 pts.

        I love Clutterbuck, he played for us for 6 yrs and was a fan favorite. He brings energy and excitement to the game, but as far as a point getter, sorry he just isnt that type of player. He’s an energy guy, which every team needs and I do believe he will be a good addition for you guys, just dont expect a huge point payout. And you’re right about the scumbag thing, I’m just hoping Cooke’s changed.

      • slickvb82 - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        haha wow, I butchered Cookes stats

        *77 goals and 96 assists for 173 pts

    • jpelle82 - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      yup, the wild knew he would get cut by a skate…right. i like clutterbuck, not as much now he’s an islander but hopefully he makes it back by the 10/25 game.

  2. bcisleman - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Laying colliding, Mike?

    • Mike Halford - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Colliding. Just colliding. Typo. Just a typo.

  3. islesjb - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Kind of sucks but from a glass half full perspective, this gives one of their NHL ready prospects room to make the team on an already crowded offense. Brock Nelson is the most likely prospect to be with the team full time this year but I would love to see Strome up there with him as well. He was lighting up juniors last year and was productive during his stint in Bridgeport. If both of those guys could contribute at a high level it would be an awesome step forward.

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