Cal Clutterbuck could barely put weight on his left leg Friday and left the Saddledome on crutches, but considering what could have been, the Wild winger is very lucky. Despite intense pain initially, Clutterbuck avoided a serious knee injury. He has been diagnosed with a thigh contusion after getting kneed by young Oilers star Taylor Hall late in Thursday's Wild win over Edmonton. The Oilers' X-ray machine didn't work, according to the Wild, so Clutterbuck will need to be evaluated by Wild doctors once the team returns to Minnesota on Sunday to make certain there's no further damage to his knee or leg. "We're thinking it's above the knee [though]," coach Mike Yeo said. Clutterbuck has been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Calgary Flames. Because the Wild (4-1-1 in its past six) wanted a right-shot winger to replace Clutterbuck, it reassigned rookie Johan Larsson and recalled rookie Charlie Coyle, who impressed during a recent five-game callup. Hall, 21, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft who also broke Jonas Brodin's clavicle in the minors in November, was suspended two games by the NHL for kneeing. He lost $9,729.72 in salary. "Although this play happens quickly, Hall is in control of himself and in control of this hit," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in a Department of Player Safety video. "He makes the decision to step up and deliver a low check on a player who is not engaged with him whatsoever." Shanahan added that another contributing factor was that Clutterbuck did not possess the puck or "have any reasonable expectation of contact."
Wild's Clutterbuck lucky after hit
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 23