Using crutches, Cal Clutterbuck worked his way to a spot in front of reporters and TV cameras on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Saddledome to talk about his injured left leg and the hit by Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall that sidelined him.
A fast skater with a snarky sense of humor, he was painfully slow and dead serious.
Clutterbuck said he was simply skating up the ice at Rexall Place with a bit more than two minutes left in Thursday night's 3-1 victory over the Oilers when his left leg was taken out from under him by Hall's left knee.
Clutterbuck was not in possession of the puck but was looking over his shoulder for it when Hall nailed him.
After leading the NHL in hits three of the past four seasons, Clutterbuck is an authority on the topic.
"A little reckless," Clutterbuck said. "I don't think it was clean."
The NHL agreed Friday, issuing Hall a two-game suspension that will cost him $9,729.72 in salary.
Clutterbuck noted that he has been in a similar situation many times and is keenly aware of "the fine line" required to avoid injuring someone.
"(Hall) made a decision," Clutterbuck added, "and here we are."
Clutterbuck was left with what was called a thigh bruise, pending further medical tests. Hall received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for kneeing.
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan released a video stating that Clutterbuck was vulnerable and that Hall was "in control of himself and in control of his hit."
Cal Clutterbuck, usually the hitter, sidelined after taking 'reckless' hit
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 23