It’s the time of year where trade rumors will run rampant which can make for some entertaining debate. The latest surrounding the Edmonton Oilers has them tied to the Minnesota Wild in a deal that would see Cal Clutterbuck traded for Tyler Pitlick.
The source comes from Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune who reports the Oilers are “hot after” Clutterbuck who could be had in a deal. Russo reports that the Wild are interested in possibly acquiring Minnesota native, Tyler Pitlick.
The Wild are up against the salary cap wall after dishing out massive, identical 13-year deals last summer to Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. Clutterbuck could be open to a “team friendly” one-year deal writes Russo, but the Wild may be more inclined to dealing the gritty forward given he will become a restricted free-agent on July 5th.
This is a deal the Oilers need to make. Clutterbuck is often one of the league leaders in hits and he plays a high energy game that has been known to get under opposing player’s skin. In short, the Oilers need a player like this to suit up on the third line and change the course of a game when the club needs a spark.
He’s been known to be controversial with his high and late hits and Oilers fans know first hand what Clutterbuck brings. Of course there is no shortage of history between Clutterbuck and the Oilers as you don’t have to go very far back to be reminded of the Taylor Hall incident that left Wild fans fuming at the mouth. Some said that for Clutterbuck it was a taste of his own medicine while others came down on Hall and called it a dirty hit.
That’s in the past and the thought of adding a player like Clutterbuck to the Oilers roster is an intriguing one that will surely be met with controversial debate. Plus who wouldn’t love to see that handle barred mustache on a nightly basis.
He does have some upside from an offensive standpoint despite a down year this past season where he only scored 4 goals and 10 points in 42 games. Prior to the lockout shortened season the Welland, Ontario native had a 27 points in 2011-12 that followed a career year in 2010-11 that saw him score 19 goals and 34 points in 76 games.
Keep in mind that if the Oilers only had to part ways with Tyler Pitlick, who is considered a “B” prospect then this could end up being a steal of a deal for Craig MacTavish.
Of course the Oilers would then have to sign Clutterbuck to a new contract that would likely pay him in the neigbourhood of $1.8 – $2.25 million per season with a multi-year deal being crucial to the negotiations.
Stay tuned Oilers fans, the hot stove is just heating up and this is one rumor that is enticing. Will it have any legs and turn into something legit? Time will tell.
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