Cal Clutterbuck’s injury to his wrist was a scary one. The Islanders veteran forward though he was in a life-threatening situation when it happened.
The last time Cal Clutterbuck took the ice for the New York Islanders he suffered a freak injury getting cut by Patrice Bergeron’s skate. Clutterbuck caught Bergeron’s skate blade to his wrist and he immediately skated off to the dressing room.
It was a scary moment and one Cal Clutterbuck won’t soon forget. Yesterday, two months after the injury Clutter took the ice in his first professional game with the Sound Tigers as a rehab stint.
After the game, he caught up with the media who asked him what it was like to be back on the ice. Here’s what he had to say:
"“I was afraid I was in a life-threatening situation…That’s all that’s really going through your mind. I tried to move my fingers going off the ice. A lot of concern, just for a lot of different things. Just kind of run through the checklist in your mind pretty quickly.”"
Cal Clutterbuck, who was placed on LTIR on Friday is expected to continue his rehab assignment with the Sound Tigers. It’s been obvious that the fourth line hasn’t been the same since his departure.
Yes, Leo Komarov eventually filled in nicely but once the heart and soul of the line, Casey Cizikas, went down with an injury the bottom six has just turned into a black hole of rotating forwards.
As a result, the Islanders have essentially been running two lines and it hasn’t gone well. The top-six is clearly pressing and it’s part of the reason they struggled putting up goals on their West Coast trip.
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For Cal’s sake, it’s good to see him back on the ice and hopefully sooner rather than later, he will be able to bring some much-needed stability to the Islanders fourth line.