The Islanders have re-signed Cal Clutterbuck to a four-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
“It’s important [for us],” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Where he was in his contract, to lock him up, I think he’s going to be an intricate part of our team."
The Islanders acquired Clutterbuck, who was a restricted free agent, from the Minnesota Wild less than 10 days ago during the 2013 NHL Draft. The Islanders received the right winger in exchange for forward Nino Niederreiter.
Clutterbuck brings another dimension to the Islanders, who are trying to remold themselves into a scrappy, hardnosed team. The 5-10, 209-pound Clutterbuck ranked ninth in the NHL this season with 144 hits.
In Clutterbuck, the Islanders have also locked up a young forward who can find the back of the net. Though the 25 year-old only tallied four goals during the lockout-shortened season, Clutterbuck netted 15 goals during the 2011-12 season and 19 goals the year before that.
“He’s gritty," Capuano said. "He plays hard, and he can chip in offensively. He’s tough to play against and that’s our type of team, and that’s our identity and that’s what we want to become. Last year we had success when we played that way, and we’ve got to continue to do that and I think he’ll help us.”