Newsday reports that the Islanders have traded 2010 first round pick, Nino Niedereiter, for Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck and a third round pick in today’s draft. Clutterbuck had 27 points, 103 penalty minutes and 288 hits in 74 games during the last full season. He had 10 points in 42 games during the 2013 season.
For the Islanders, this concludes the tumultuous chapter of Nino Niederreiter’s time on Long Island. Niederreiter reportedly asked for a trade in January and had a disappointing second half in Bridgeport after shining in the first half. Arthur Staple adds that the Islanders had been shopping Niederreiter for a while and “wanted more”. Apparently they decided to settle for an established NHL player, albeit not one with the scoring potential of Niederreiter.
Clutterbuck is a RFA this summer, so the Islanders will retain his rights but will need to come to an agreement on a contract with the 25-year old right wing. He is coming off a three-year, $4.2 million contract with Minnesota.
Click here for Cal Clutterbuck’s career stats.
On another note, the Canucks have traded Cory Schneider to New Jersey for the Devils’ 9th overall pick. This likely ends the Canucks’ goaltender saga.