The New York Islanders today announced the signing of winger Cal Clutterbuck to a four-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports Clutterbuck, a restricted free agent recently acquired by the Isles from the Minnesota Wild, will receive $11 million, for a annual cap hit of $2.75 million. It’s a nice raise over the $1.4 million per season he earned on his previous contract with the Wild.
Clutterbuck’s earned a reputation as a physical, pesky forward with a decent scoring touch. His career-best season was 2010-11 with the Wild, netting 19 goals and 34 points. He can be undisciplined at times, so Isles coach Jack Capuano will have to find a way to get Clutterbuck to better channel his energies.
Otherwise, Clutterbuck should be a good addition for the Isles as they try to become a regular playoff contention.