WHAT THE CLUTTERBUCK???

Jason Gregor
June 25 2013 11:43AM

Minnesota Wild beat reporter Mike Russo wrote that the Oilers are actively pursuing Cal Clutterbuck and the trade could involve Tyler Pitlick. 

One team hot after him is Edmonton; the Wild has talked to the Oilers about a deal that would include Minnesotan Tyler Pitlick. 

Russo had the above line in his piece on the Wild's salary cap situation and where Clutterbuck fits. Clutterbuck is an RFA, and he just finished a three-year deal with a $1.4 million cap hit. He made $1.7 million in actual dollars last year, so you'd think he'd be looking at a deal north of $2 million.

Clutterbuck is coming off his worst season in four years. He scored only 4 goals and 10 points in 42 games last season, but the previous three years he was decent offensively.

YEAR             GP      G        A      PTS      PIM        +/-
2010              74      13      8        21         52         -8
2011              76       19     15      34         79         -5
2012              74      15      12      27        103       -4

The Oilers wouldn't add Clutterbuck just for his offence. He's been a 3rd pairing forward on the PK the past four seasons in Minnesota, and he plays with an edge. He's one of the most physical forwards in the NHL, having led the NHL in hits in 2010 (318), 2011 (336) and he was 3rd in hits in 2012 with 288.

Some will argue that because the Chicago Blackhawks rarely hit you don't need physical players to win, but the Oilers don't possess a blueline like the Hawks, nor are their forwards in the same category as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.

The Oilers haven't had a physical player, who could produce and play significant minutes since Ehan Moreau scored 20 goals in 2004. Ryan Jones was pretty good in 2011, but he's not an overly physical player.

JF Jacques led the Oiler forwards in hits in 2010 with 158.
Ryan Jones had 152 in 2011, and he scored 18 goals.
Lennart Petrell had 122 in 2012 and Mike Brown led them with 65 this past season.

Outside of Jones, none of the others played significant minutes or made much of an impact offensively, and they were usually a liability defensively.

Clutterbuck's corsi numbers aren't stellar, but in 2012 the Wild had the worst corsi rating of any team in the league. The entire team sucked, but Clutterbuck has shown improvement over the years. If you want to see his Corsi, Fenwick and other stats read here.

Clutterbuck is exactly what the Oilers need. A fiesty third line player, who can inject some energy, annoys the opposition, skates well, can help out on the PK, plays on the edge and has some decent offensive potential.

If the Oilers have to part with Pitlick and something else to obtain Clutterbuck, I'd do it yesterday.

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#1 dallylamma
June 25 2013, 02:35PM
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laughing pug wrote:

My dad roomed with Cal's dad at McMaster. They called his mom Peanut. This is important information.

She's got a huge Clutterous?

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#3 Spydyr
June 25 2013, 11:57AM
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It can't be true.... it is too good to be true.

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#4 laughing pug
June 25 2013, 02:21PM
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My dad roomed with Cal's dad at McMaster. They called his mom Peanut. This is important information.

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#5 Racki
June 25 2013, 10:02PM
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Ducey wrote:

Clutterbuck 42GP 10pts -5 15th in team scoring, 13:44 TOI, 87 shots, 155 hits

Petrell 35 GP 9pts -4 14th in team scoring, 11:31 ATOI, 23 shots, 63 hits

Other than hitting (and apparently ineffective extra shooting), there is not a lot of difference between the two. Of course Clutterbuck had a down year.

Not saying that the Oilers shouldn't pursue him, but they should not be selling the farm and they should understand why his offense dropped to Petrellian levels.

You have got to be f---ing kidding me if you think Clutterbuck and Petrell are at all the same player.

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#6 Taylor Gang
June 25 2013, 12:00PM
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Spydyr wrote:

It can't be true.... it is too good to be true.

Pray my son. Pray.

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#7 BlazeLazer
June 25 2013, 12:02PM
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The article forgot to mention Clutterbuck's most impressive characteristic:

The 'Stache

One of the best in the league.

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#8 Eddie Shore
June 25 2013, 12:43PM
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@rickithebear

Give it a rest already. You dont like him, we get it.

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#9 They're $hittie
June 25 2013, 01:23PM
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@HardBoiledOil

Nick is 20 and has 1 nhl point. Gagner already had 130 by than. We need the best player in the trade not future assets because they are big. This sets us back.

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#10 Taylor Gang
June 25 2013, 05:49PM
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I'd take Clutterbuck over a bloated contract from Bickell any day

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#11 Truth
June 25 2013, 11:50AM
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Yes please.

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#12 Quicksilver ballet
June 25 2013, 12:04PM
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I'd put him on my team as well. A salt in wound guy to pi$$ off the masses. Be great to have someone dish out some separations and dislocations in the Oils lineup.

Not sure if he has that killer instinct like Torres(will hit to hurt you) has, maybe the Oilers could allow him to widen that mean streak if it's in him.

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#13 I'm a Scientist!
June 25 2013, 12:04PM
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YES.

That is all.

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#14 The Beaker
June 25 2013, 12:21PM
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justDOit wrote:

Nuge I could see, but Hall - no way.

Dont feed the idiots. Weber cant even be traded...

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#15 Quicksilver ballet
June 25 2013, 07:20PM
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Now if Edmonton can't make this happen, might as well pack it all in and turn out the lights.

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#16 Rod from Viking
June 25 2013, 07:54PM
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How about we let Mac T have a couple of weeks that include his first draft and free agent period before we say he does little or not. Crow probably doesn't taste that great.

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#17 Rod from Viking
June 25 2013, 07:59PM
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Who would you rather have GM your team? Gregor or Willis?

Gregor, "Whats you talking about Willis"(circa 1980)

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#18 Bucknuck
June 25 2013, 12:04PM
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The thing about Clutterbuck that sticks out for me is that he is always hustling. The guy's feet are always moving. With his kind of hustle, I can't see what's not to like about this one. Not sure what's in it for Minnesota, though.

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#19 Racki
June 25 2013, 12:20PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Don't mind Clutterbuck, don't mind the price (though if Pitlick turns a light switch on this year, we'll be kicking ourselves).

But we need to curb our expectations of what Clutterbuck is and can do and how much impact he is going to have on our team.

A quality bottom 6 player is important, but let's not pretend this acquisition (if it happens) overturns anything re: size vs. skill, or the fortunes of the Oilers.

I think you undervalue him, perhaps. I think most of us are still upset about the loss of Curtis Glencross (whom I'd take over Clutterbuck, mind you) and Brodziak. We need quality bottom six guys. They won't necessarily make Eberle or Gagner play bigger, no, but they can help pot some goals when good old fashioned skill isn't getting the job done.

I think Clutterbuck could also slide up to line two, as needed. It's good to have players in the line up that bring some versatility.

He definitely won't solve all our problems, but if that's MacT's first move (Clutterbuck for Pitlick), he's off to a flying start.

Pitlick might turn into a really good player for Minny, but right now he's doing squat for us, and isn't helping his value any. It's not likely to get any better while he's here either.

Unrelated, but if Gagner signs here, I hope they move him to the wing and find a solid player for that 2nd line C role. We need to get better up the middle somehow.

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#20 Eddie Shore
June 25 2013, 12:22PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

The thing about Clutterbuck that sticks out for me is that he is always hustling. The guy's feet are always moving. With his kind of hustle, I can't see what's not to like about this one. Not sure what's in it for Minnesota, though.

They can't afford him. Not much left after the two dump-trucks of gold were delivered to Suter and Parise.

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#21 Oilcan
June 25 2013, 12:23PM
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I find the different team perspectives interesting from a wild writer they think giving up pitlick is something the oilers might not want to do, yet oiler fans would jump at this. Really everyone is hoping pitlick becomes a 3rd liner and clutterbuck already is one. Do the trade sign Cal to 4 years 8 million.

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#22 HOFFFF
June 25 2013, 12:34PM
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dallylamma wrote:

The Oil need to get this guy to keep him if for no other reason to keep him from running Taylor Hall next year.

I recall Hall dealing with that issue by himself.

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#23 Romulus' Apotheosis
June 25 2013, 12:39PM
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@Taylor Gang

For sure. Bottom 6 was brutal last year and has been since the 06 season. improving there by baby steps is very important.

But we still need to have some perspective on what adding a depth player means. The same goes for the Eager signings.

These guys have a tendency (esp. regarding a team like the Oil that overvalues IMO "size") to be overhyped.

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#24 Sanaa Montana
June 25 2013, 12:55PM
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mlcselli wrote:

This is just the type of player we need. Sure hope MacT is successful in signing him, and really hope Clutterbuck wants to join the Oil.

Any update on how Gagner negotiations are going? Just curious,

Oilers are in talks with the Florida Panther regarding Gagner and his extension. They will either sign and trade him or trade his rights with a right package. Gagner is a Panther in less than a week.

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#25 Oilcan
June 25 2013, 01:23PM
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I am amazed at how many people get distracted the new shiny toy. Yes maybe mackinnon and barkov are better at this stage then nuge or yak but the thing with nuge and yak is they have proven they belong in the NHL. They are still insanely young but we know for a fact they can play. Not saying the guys taken can't but no one knows they can. The grass isn't always greener....

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#26 madjam
June 25 2013, 01:54PM
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Gagner and our 7th , for Gudbranson and second overall leaving us Jones .

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#27 Spydyr
June 25 2013, 01:57PM
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LinkfromHyrule wrote:

pretty much. About the only interesting thing he did say was that they will likely stay at 7 and draft the player.

Well that beats going backwards in the draft.

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#28 justDOit
June 25 2013, 02:29PM
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ricfrankton wrote:

my sincere apologies with my immature post boring morning lol..... but lets just say weber could be traded how would people think of my mentioned trade? oil get an unquestioned 1d arguably the best in the nhl plus the fourth to pick Barkov which replaces nuge (in a way) as much as oiler fans love Hall i would think weber would be worth it, maybe add colin wilson and eric belanger to the trade. i guess its not a very good topic because its all dream wishes but it is that time of year that anything is possible (besides whats mentioned above LOL)

Taylor for sale or rent

Nuge to Nash for picks (get bent!)

Call Poille and don't relent

Before Weber's bonus is spent

Ah but, two hours of workin phones

Gets a Clowe or Bickell clone

MacT's a man of deals and some zeal

King of the Oil

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#29 Archaeologuy
June 25 2013, 03:49PM
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Benny Botts wrote:

Who reported this??

Madjam. So...

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#30 G Money
June 25 2013, 04:28PM
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Hate Clutterbuck, a hard working but often dirty chickensh*t player who gets under the skin of the opposition. Not a great possession player, but can at least sometimes take a pass or make a pass or exit the zone when he's not trying to hit the other guys.

In other words - badly needed by the Oilers.

Pitlick a small price to pay (even if he turns out to be a decent player, still a poor bet).

Our first line is fine.

We need a strong possession player and a better system on the second line to right that wrong. Clutterbuck is not that player.

Our third and fourth lines bleed shots and goals like a stuck pig. Clutterbuck is an upgrade on most of what we've got right now, especially on the fourth line.

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#31 Wax Man Riley
June 25 2013, 06:18PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Doesn't peanut mean small not cavernous?

dallylamma wrote:

She's got a huge Clutterous?

Ummmmmm.... do they teach anatomy in Viking?

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#32 spawnlauncher
June 25 2013, 08:12PM
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Gary Bettman here for 20 years now, and no Canadian based team has won a Cup yet, Coincidence. Also, Most NHL Players come from Canada, we provide junior league for them to develop, and when star become free agents, at least the better ones, they head for the States and help Their teams win all the Stanley Cups. And guess what, Canadian based teams sell out and have to put money into Bettmans Profit sharing scheme, keeping loser franchises like Phoenix, both Florida teams and a cople of others afloat. Why are we Canadians allowing this scam.

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#33 Bonvie
June 25 2013, 09:07PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

I was thinking the same thing with Gags. It's an offer, not a signing. Maybe it's a message to the other teams that if they are interested in Gags, they'd better step up their offer.

No they are not going to try to get teams to make highball offers, which they will eventually have to match. This comment makes no sense.

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#34 Dockstaff
June 25 2013, 10:17PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

I'd take Clutterbuck over a bloated contract from Bickell any day

Absolutely.

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#35 bazmagoo
June 25 2013, 11:47AM
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Would be a great addition for the Oilers! Going to be a fun two weeks for us hockey nerd types, lots of activity on the horizon.

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#36 Rogue
June 25 2013, 11:49AM
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This would be the first of hopefully more moves. We have lacked a agitator for a looong time. His hitting and penalty killing is also a bonus. The kind of player I hate, unless he is on your team.

Krap! Missed it by that much!

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#37 Randaman
June 25 2013, 11:50AM
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Please let this be so. What a great addition. I hate him when we play the Wild but would love to see him on the wing with Zack Smith and Maggie??

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#38 justDOit
June 25 2013, 11:50AM
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The Flyers throwing newfound money at Steit, while buying out Briere and Breezeglovehand, and all the 'pending trades' should keep us entertained until the draft and into free agency.

Clutterbuck and Hall - together again!?

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#39 HugThePost
June 25 2013, 11:51AM
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It is no secret that the Oilers are considered the softest easiest team in the league to play against.

Amongst the Everest-sized list of things MacT needs to do this summer, icing a more physical team in Sept is near the top.

We don't need to send guys to the hospital every game, but we do need one or 4 guys who actually throw hits consistently and give the skill guys some room and the puck.

I agree with Gregor, I would do this deal without thinking twice.

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#40 JimW
June 25 2013, 11:51AM
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Haha... I just love the title of this one.

Huge addition if this is true. We need men. The type that are willing to use their skill set as required - see Bruins, Blackhawks.

Any news on Gilbert? I think he's still a good fit for our team.

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#41 Taylor Gang
June 25 2013, 12:00PM
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Clutterbuck, Zack Smith, xxx? UNREAL third line

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#42 Eddie Shore
June 25 2013, 12:00PM
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Why isn't this done? If it it does get done, is it fair to say Jones is a goner?

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#43 wazy08
June 25 2013, 12:01PM
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If it takes Pitlick and a pick (3rd rounder) why wasn't this done yesterday? Get it done MacT, he is what you want in your bottom 6, and he will come cheap. Fills a need for sure.

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#44 Big Cap
June 25 2013, 12:01PM
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The article also mentions Konopka as a potential pick up. As debated for the past 3-4 years, he too would be another excellent pick up.

Lets scoop both of these guys up.

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#45 Micbilly99
June 25 2013, 12:01PM
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Does taking Clutterbuck mean that Jones is out of job?

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#46 mlcselli
June 25 2013, 12:02PM
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This is just the type of player we need. Sure hope MacT is successful in signing him, and really hope Clutterbuck wants to join the Oil.

Any update on how Gagner negotiations are going? Just curious,

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#47 Gaz
June 25 2013, 12:02PM
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All day long.

C-buck is a "lite" version of a Shaw or Bolland, and I hate his guts. Generally means he would be a great add on the team.

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#48 Walter Sobchak
June 25 2013, 12:03PM
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Spydyr wrote:

It can't be true.... it is too good to be true.

This^

I am holding in my jubilation on this one! If its true and it happens, I'll consider one of the best trades the Oilers have made in a long time.

If.

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#49 dallylamma
June 25 2013, 12:07PM
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The Oil need to get this guy to keep him if for no other reason to keep him from running Taylor Hall next year.

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#50 Racki
June 25 2013, 12:08PM
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justDOit wrote:

The Flyers throwing newfound money at Steit, while buying out Briere and Breezeglovehand, and all the 'pending trades' should keep us entertained until the draft and into free agency.

Clutterbuck and Hall - together again!?

Yah, what I'm wondering is how many choice words will Clutterbuck have for Hall?

Anyways, if you can't beat 'em, trade for 'em?

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