|Thanks for the Memories, Cal|
On Sunday, the Wild acquired F Nino Neiderreiter from the New York Islanders in exchange for the Wild's 70th overall pick and RW Cal Clutterbuck.
Clutterbuck was drafted by the Wild in the 3rd round (72nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Since his arrival with the team during the 2008-09 season, he has been a fan favorite. His physical play was a huge hit with the fans and his teammates. He often got into the opposition's head with his play, and that created some rather interesting moments.
His best season was in 2010-11 when he registered a career high 19 goals and 15 assists, and tallied a NHL leading 334 hits (his career high for hits in a season was 356 in 2008-09).
Cal did not have a great season in 2013 (only four goals and six assists in 42 games, but that can be blamed for spending his most of his shifts in the defensive zone), but he still carried a lot of value. That's why he was moved Sunday for one of the Islanders top prospects.
Clutter was a great asset to this team. But the decreasing cap space and his RFA status made it clear that he was going to be moved this offseason. He will be missed here, but this move will benefit the team greatly in the long run.
Thanks for the memories Cal!