NHL free agency: Isles sign Cal Clutterbuck to 4-year deal

Jonathan Daniel

The newest Islander ensured that he'd be around a while, signing a four-year contract worth $11 million.

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.

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