Middletown, N. J – The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed on a contract for restricted free agent Cal Clutterbuck.
Terms of the deal are 4 years and 11mm for an annual salary of 2.75m per season. It is just another check-mark that general manager Garth Snow can put next to his summer to-do list.
What it also shows is a growing willingness to commit to this organization. After brilliantly locking in superstar and potential future captain John Tavares and defenseman Travis Hamonic to long term, cap friendly deals, it would seem as if players are beginning to leave some money and years of unrestricted free agency on the table to stay in the blue and orange.
With Clutterbuck, whom the Islanders obtained in a draft day trade with the Minnesota Wild, the team knows exactly what it is getting and paying for. Extremely hard working, responsible in his defensive zone and known to be a brutal body-checker. Throw in a set of decent enough hands and fans are going to love Cal from his first shift onward through his Islanders career.
Over the last 5 seasons, Clutterbuck has only missed a total of 32 games, so he has proven to be durable considering the style he employs on the ice. 2 years ago, in his best offensive season, he posted 19 goals, 191 shots on goal and over 250 hits. All while playing only 13-15 minutes per game. The value is in the numbers.
Speaking of numbers, it’s certainly going to be interesting to see which number he chooses to wear come training camp in September. For obvious reasons that I should never have to point out to any Islanders fan, the 22 that he had stitched on his back in Minnesota will be different in the blue and orange.