Clutterbuck takes his frustration out on his stick

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2012 - 12:26 AM

Cal Clutterbuck has had a short fuse lately, so much so that the NBC Sports Network came back from a commercial break during Tuesday's Wild loss to Los Angeles and showed a replay of Clutterbuck taking his frustration out on his stick -- and the Wild bench.

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dcep01Mar. 2, 12 2:30 AM

Bush league. CC frequently leads the league in "hits". However, commenters on the Wild for the Star Tribune are correct that he really leads the league in meaningless hits behind the play that leave him out of position. They make a big "bang" on the boards and all the casual fans are amazed while he is 5 seconds late into the D zone. Everybody gets frustrated. This show he has a pulse. If he wants to make a difference, he can try picking up his man in the D zone. Otherwise, try shooting the puck on the goal in the offensive zone, rather than 3 feet above the net. Tell him to stop pounding his stick on the boards and do something productive on the ice. Maybe he's too bust filming heating and air conditioning commercials.

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mgalaforetMar. 2, 12 4:18 AM

Come on now, CC only makes clean hits, just ask his supporters. You know like the blatantly dirty one on Rene Bourque last night in the Montreal game. That was an intent to injure, no intent to avoid it. Remember the good old days when a check/hit would force a player off the puck, not now where its done behind the play, which typically is already in snother zone. Perhaps CC realized in that game he will never be like the Dustin Brown's or Ryan Callhan's of the league, and that is why he slammed his stick in a temper tantrum, I mean frustration. More like a glorified Cookie, or Tootoo, etc.

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strib1991Mar. 2, 12 5:51 AM

I hope the Wild makes any move it can to unload Lats. He's been a problem from day one and if he's only feeling "so-so" now, he'll likely be a problem next season too. He was good when he first arrived here but....cut him loose. He aapears to be another player that will always need to be wrapped in bubble wrap - just like Gaborik used to be.

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n110883Mar. 2, 12 7:50 AM

strib1991 Lats is a RFA after this season, so I would have no problem if the Wild said heres 850K 1 yr contract with a ton of performance incentives, but I dont see any other team giving up much more for him considering by the time the 11-12 season is over he will have played 27 games in the last to seasons

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gulfcoastMar. 2, 12 9:33 AM

Clutterbuck is a hack...meaningless "hits" are exactly what they are...Meaningless!! Take the mask off Cal and stick around after one of your cheap shots and get what you got comin'!!

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justbecauseMar. 2, 1210:01 AM

I thought Clutterbuck cut back on his behind the play hits earlier in the season, compared to seasons past, but he might be getting back to it now. Old habits are hard to change, hopefully some reinforcement can get him back on track.

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tadesheMar. 2, 1210:54 AM

This guy is a clown. Small man syndrome. Hit the net on at least 1 of 5 shots? This behavior is not tolorated in quality Bantam programs in this state, why with the Wild? If Cal could do anything other than bang his stick and hit guys, he would be worth keeping on the squad. Cant score, pass, or shoot? Goodbye Cal.

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kopelklmMar. 2, 1211:43 AM

So who do we replace Cal with then? Oh that's right there is nobody. He has not put up great numbers but IF you understand the game you understand his role. The dirty hit last night, watch the replay was not dirty. Not saying all are clean but do a better job of picking the examples or you look like a goof. Then again next fall you'll love him until the team nose dives again.

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Quixote71Mar. 2, 1211:46 AM

Armchair GM's....After we have dumped the entire team who will you request to be let go of next? Will you turn on each other at that point?

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sheepdoggedMar. 2, 1212:52 PM

Clutterbuck needs to grow a foot and gain 50 lbs. to be productive in the West.

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