Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
Brian Erni and I complete our annual season review, taking a look back at the 2016-17 New York Islanders and analyzing each player's performance in a down season that saw the team miss the playoffs by one point.
It's now full steam ahead to the beginning of training camp, as rookies are first on ice September 8, followed by veterans September 15.
Contract details via nhlnumbers.com and stats courtesy of hockeyreference.com.
15 - Cal Clutterbuck - Forward
5-11, 218 lbs
29 years old
Contract: $3.500m cap hit through 2021-22, unrestricted free agent
Season: 66 GP, 5 G - 15 A - 20 Pts, 28 PIM, 115 Shots, 14:00 TOI, 47.3 Corsi
Career: 638 GP, 101 G - 87 A - 188 Pts, 487 PIM, 1202 Shots, 14:00 TOI, 47.1 Corsi
To say that Cal Clutterbuck had a rough season would mean I would have had to put my 'Captain Obvious' hat on prior to writing it.
Banged up for most of the 2016-17 campaign, Clutterbuck also had to deal with the departure of linemate Matt Martin to Toronto, and found himself playing in only 66 games, producing meager offensive totals and unable to spark a newly formed fourth line to previous successes.
Clutterbuck, then, had to deal with fan backlash after general manager Garth Snow foolishly offered him a contract extension that will take him all the way to the 2021-22 season at an average AAV of $3.5 million dollars.
That's not to say that Clutterbuck does not hold value, for he is a warrior and respected member of the locker room. He also wears an 'A' on his jersey. But it's going to be very difficult for the now 29-year old who has averaged 331 hits over his career and averaged only 12 goals and 24 points, to ever come remotely close to being worthy of such a gift.
In fact, he has seen his offensive output drop since coming to New York, from 14 goals to 10 and points 26 to 21, with ice time also dropping from an average of almost 15 minutes to 13.
IPB Grade: C- : A lost season for Clutterbuck, who produced the lowest (pro-rated) goal total of his career even though he managed to log two more minutes per game of ice time. Maybe another season with Casey Cizikas and Jason Chimera and a return to good health brings Clutterbuck back to his 10-15 goal form and he can find other ways to spark the club.
But you have to think the body is getting worn down at this point after almost 650 NHL games of incredible hit totals. The contract can never be 'put' on him if you just ask yourself a very logical question of 'what would you have done if that was offered to you, say no?