The day after a 3-1 win in Edmonton, the Wild was without Cal Clutterbuck at today’s practice and might be without the forward in the foreseeable future.
After taking a knee from Taylor Hall last night, Clutterbuck missed practice, with what Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo described as a thigh contusion. The forward suffered a similar injury last season and said there really is no timetable set for a return, but that he would take things day by day. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like there is any damage to the knee, but he obviously was smarting and spoke to the media on crutches.
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Clutterbuck thought the play was “reckless,” and added that when a team is losing a player can see red and might do something out of character. When asked about his style of play and if he is being targeted, Clutterbuck said that it is a part of his game and something he’s been prepared for his entire career, but didn’t feel he was anyone’s target. WildTV will have Clutterbuck’s media scrum up shortly.
Some have speculated that Clutterbuck plays a “reckless” style of game, but he confirmed the fact that he has never been fined nor suspended for a hit in his NHL career. Yes, Clutterbuck plays with an edge, but calling him a reckless or dirty player is reckless in and of itself. Yes, he hits hard and often, but he doesn’t target the head nor try to take out knees, calling cards of ‘dirty’ players.
Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo didn’t like the play, but didn’t comment on whether or not the play should warrant a fine or suspension. Yeo also talked about team’s effort in last night’s win and WildTV will have the coach’s full media availability up shortly.
With Clutterbuck out, the Wild loses one of its few right-handed shots at forward, so the club recalled Charlie Coyle from Houston, while returning Johan Larsson to its American Hockey League affiliate. Coyle will meet the team in Calgary as the Wild is set to meet the Flames tomorrow night.
As for the happenings on the ice, the practice mostly concentrated on flow and finishing drills, with goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper taking a lot of shots from both the forwards and defenseman.
Kyle Brodziak took the afternoon off as a maintenance day.