All things Avs --- There are some players I just have to laugh at in this game, though, and Cal Clutterbuck is one of them. Nothing against the guy at all. He's good at what he does, which is drive you crazy with the game of "I hit you first, then try to draw the penalty with your retaliation hit against me." These guys have been in hockey for time immemorial.
That's fine, I respect that. It's a game. You have to play every angle, and if being the agitator who gets the opposition to lose their minds and, hence, the game is what you need to do to succeed, then by all means do it, especially if you'll be paid a million dollars for it.
But, and part of me hates saying this in a way, because I really don't care either way. But, Cal Clutterbuck is a cowardly hockey player. He's Bill Laimbeer on skates, folks.
Again, if it works for you and you have success being that type of player, then you'll actually get grudging respect from me. Anything that makes you a winner, we can all admire that in the end.
But Clutterbuck is a coward. I mean, come on, did the Wild forward really talk a lot of smack about the Avalanche tonight, after a December 3-1 victory? Really, he did?
In fact, he did. Here's what was in the estimable blog tonight of Michael Russo, the ace reporter of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and one of my better friends among the hockey writer zeitgeist.
Clutterbuck clucked: ""There's some guys over there, two guys in particular, I'm shocked they're still even playing in the league. If they're going to take a penalty, take a penalty.
"We're on the road, we'll take a power play any day of the week. If they want to flaunt their egos, they want to show how tough they are, well, guess what, we're going to beat you, and we're coming for them in the standings."
Let's just establish a couple of islands or irony first, before we move on. Clutterbuck talking smack after a 3-1 win over an injury-ravaged team in December, is bathed in irony considering his team hasn't made the playoffs for two straight seasons.
Cal Clutterbuck is an aggressive player that likes to hit, Cal is far from being Bill Laimbeer of the NHL... Bill Laimbeer was a diver and a hack Clutterbuck is not. Clutterbuck has played three season in the NHL and has a grand total of 150 minutes in penalties, each season his penalty minutes have declined as well, this season Clutterbuck has gooned it up so bad that he has a grand total of 22 penalties minutes.
Cross Posted at Goon's World...