It appears that Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild is one of those players that likes to dish out punishment but can't take punishment in return.
In Monday night's matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sergei Gonchar hit Clutterbuck in the head with an elbow late in the game and received a five minute major penalty. The elbow was in retaliation for a hit Clutterbuck delivered to Gonchar, as a few minutes earlier, Clutterbuck did what he does best, he delivered a solid hit to Gonchar against the boards.
Now don't get me wrong, the hit to the head on the part of Gonchar was a penalty and he received the appropriate call. But Clutterbuck's worst injury from this hit was a cut on the nose and one would think that all is done here and it's time to move on.
Well Clutterbuck seems to think that he has been so wronged that he wants a suspension for Gonchar. He has even gone as far as making some sort of off hand ridiculous threat.
Speaking about Gonchar after the game, Clutterbuck said, "He better hope he retires at the end of the year. I'll tell you that...Somebody's going to hurt him before the end of the year. Someone will. It's not going to be me, but someone will."
Now, you don't hear Gonchar calling for Clutterbuck's suspension for making threats of bodily harm do you?
This quote is coming from a 22-year-old, second year player who's claim to fame is that he broke the NHL record last year for the number of hits in a season. Clutterbuck currently has 177 hits in the 2009-10 season.
I have a big news flash for you Cal—if you are going to play gritty, players are going to finish their checks against you. If you want to agitate players, be prepared for many more illegal hits.
According to hockeyfuture.com , a future prospects website, Clutterbuck's best attribute is that he is an agitator.
Don Cherry of Hockey Night in Canada has named Clutterbuck "Cal Buttercup" because he wants to be an agitator and a fighter but he wears a visor. This has drawn the ire of Clutterbuck.
The league reviewed the incident and has ruled that no further action is needed. Well, it appears that Cal doesn't want this to rest. He admitted that he felt fine Monday and Tuesday but he left the ice during practice today complaining of concussion-like symptoms. He was promptly sent back on the ice by the team trainer after being told that symptoms don't show up two days later. This was reported by Rotoworld .
Sergei Gonchar has had a 22-year career and has never been described as a gritty player or an agitator. In fact, he is one of the league's premier defensemen. Give it up Cal. You won't change the NHL's mind about a suspension.
Maybe this can be a good lesson to Cal that if he wants to be the kind of player that is going to be flying around and throwing hits with reckless abandon, he's going to get hit in return and it just might hurt.
Also, fight your own battles. My question is why won't you be the one that is going to hurt Gonchar? Why someone else?