Friday, December 9, 2016

Clutterbuck signs 5 year extension with Isles, Yotes acquire center Holland in minor trade


   It might not be the offseason yet, but the New York Islanders and GM Garth Snow crossed off a big thing on their to do list this season, and that was to re-sign RW Cal Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck was signed to a 5 year deal, worth $17.5 mil in all, with Clutterbuck earning $3.5 yearly. He was part of the Islanders' infamous 4th line last season before Matt Martin signed with Toronto in July. So far this season, Cal is 5th in the NHL with 89 hits, and has 9 points, (2 G, 7A) in 25 games. He is an alternate captain ( he's splitting with Travis Hamonic for the A) for the Isles, being named at the start of the season.
     Until the trade deadline starts rolling around, not many big trades come up in the NHL. But minor trades happen every now and then. One of those trades happened today, when the Arizona Coyotes acquired 4th line center Peter Holland from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional pick in the 2018 draft. "Peter is a big, solid centerman with good NHL experience. We look forward to having him join our team," Coyotes GM John Chayka said of Holland. Holland's only point with the Leafs this year in his 8 games was an assist. While his linemates are uncertain, until Brad Richardson comes off the IR, Holland should center in the bottom 6, particularly on the 4th line in a small amount of games.

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