Number 3: Cal Clutterbuck ($3.5 million AAV) four-years remaining
This one is pretty self-explanatory. At best, Clutterbuck is a serviceable fourth line winger. Sinking $3.5 million into a player who put up 20 points the year you signed him isn’t the best way to allocate your cap space.
When you consider extending Casey Cizikas the summer before for over $3 million per year how can you possibly justify spending even more money on Cal Clutterbuck? Matt Martin, Leo Komarov, Cal Clutterbuck, and Casey Cizikas combine for $12.35 million per year for the next two seasons.
Most recently, Cal Clutterbuck went on a 10-month stretch where he put up a whopping zero (0) goals. At age 31 years old there’s no hope that he gets better, the decline only continues.
Unfortunately, with that kind of contract, there’s almost no way you are able to move him. Instead, you ride this out with him on the fourth line and you pray that when Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas are healthy that you’re able to get 75 percent of what they used to be.
This was the deal that confirmed Garth Snow’s love affair with fourth line grinders. If only he decided to fall in love with top-six players. What could have been…