The Islanders became a bit more feisty yesterday with the announcement that rugged right wing Cal Clutterbuck had agreed to a four-year contract worth roughly $11 million.
A June 30 deal with the Minnesota Wild had given the Islanders rights to Clutterbuck, a five-year NHL veteran who three times led the league in hits, in exchange for Nino Niederreiter.
"He's gritty," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He plays hard. He's tough to play against, and that's our identity and that's what we want to become. Last year, we had success when we played that way. I think he'll help us."
Clutterbuck's resume features far more penalty minutes, with a high of 103 in the least last full season of 2011-12, compared to his career-high 15 goals that season. Capuano said Clutterbuck will be "an integral part of our team."
General manager Garth Snow said, "The fans will love him."