The Islanders took care of their newest player on Tuesday.
Cal Clutterbuck, a forward acquired by New York at the draft, agreed to terms with the club on a contract, the team announced Tuesday. The restricted free agent signed a four-year deal worth $11 million. His annual average value will be $2.75 million against the salary cap, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
For Clutterbuck, a 25-year-old Ontario native, it ensures that he'll be around a new franchise for a while after getting traded for the first time. The Islanders sent former first-round pick Nino Niederreiter to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Clutterbuck and a third-round pick in that draft. Though Niederreiter had caused the Isles headaches during his development, he was still a fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, so clearly the Islanders think highly enough of Clutterbuck to give up such a valuable asset for him.
In five full seasons as an NHL player, Clutterbuck has made a name for himself as a bit of a pest who can also contribute on both offense and defense. His best season was in 2010-11, when he scored 19 goals and 34 points. In 342 career NHL games, Clutterbuck has 62 goals and 110 points.