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Isles’ Clutterbuck (leg laceration) out 4-6 weeks

Sep 20, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

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The New York Islanders have announced that forward Cal Clutterbuck will miss 4-6 weeks with a leg laceration suffered on Tuesday night vs. Calgary.

Clutterbuck, 25, appeared to suffer the cut early in the third period after throwing a hit on Flames forward Paul Byron. Clutterbuck immediately left the ice and appeared to be in serious discomfort, and didn’t return to the game.

If Clutterbuck does miss the full six weeks, he’s projected to return around the beginning of November — meaning he could miss as many as 12 regular season contests.

Should that happen, it would be a major blow to the Isles. Clutterbuck, an energetic forward and former junior teammate of Isles captain John Tavares, was brought aboard to add physicality to New York’s forward group.

He inked four-year, $11 million deal in July — shortly after being acquired from Minnesota in exchange for Nino Niederreiter — and began training camp on a line with Peter Regin and Michael Grabner.

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Any skate cut that puts somebody out of the game for weeks makes me shudder when I think about it.

  2. tjvalley - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Agreed, could be scary cut. But this isn’t a big hit. We have guys that can hold the fort for 6 weeks. It just sucks that that line would of been a sight to watch to start the season!! All FAST GUYS line.

  3. bcisleman - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Tough break for Cal but not nearly as bad as I feared. When I first heard he’d been injured, I feared it was a concussion which could have been catastrophic.

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