Clutterbuck takes his frustration out on his stick

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2012 - 12:26 AM

Cal Clutterbuck has had a short fuse lately, so much so that the NBC Sports Network came back from a commercial break during Tuesday's Wild loss to Los Angeles and showed a replay of Clutterbuck taking his frustration out on his stick -- and the Wild bench.

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MONTREAL - Cal Clutterbuck has had a short fuse lately, so much so that the NBC Sports Network came back from a commercial break during Tuesday's Wild loss to Los Angeles and showed a replay of Clutterbuck taking his frustration out on his stick -- and the Wild bench.

It's actually something he's done quite often lately in games and practices. "It's just about me being frustrated with myself. Nothing else," Clutterbuck said. "I probably shouldn't show it as much as I do, so I'm working on that."

Clutterbuck is a hard-hitting, high-energy player whose job it is to frustrate others. For such a physical player, he took a shockingly low amount of penalty minutes his first three seasons.

But with 18 games left, Clutterbuck has a career-high 93 penalty minutes, including 22 penalties (20 minors) and 55 penalty minutes in the past 25 games.

"It's a tough stretch," Clutterbuck said. "When it's a tough stretch and you want to try hard to do the right thing and the wrong thing happens, it's frustrating. But I've got to control my emotions better."

He said that the stick-across-the-boards scene Tuesday came because he was upset he turned the puck over. He then took a walk down the runway out of public view to "make sure I was keeping myself in check, removing myself from the situation for 10 seconds."

Il ne parle pas français

Brad Staubitz, who spent two seasons with the Wild before being claimed off re-entry waivers by Montreal on Monday, made his home debut against his former team.

He said he was never told why the Wild sent him to the minors, but "I understand the way it is. When things have to change, there's only so many exchangeable parts."

He didn't plan to fight Thursday. "Ideally, I could get my first goal of the year. I've got a few IOUs to cash in," he joked.

He said it's a dream playing for the Canadiens, but the only French word he knows is "oui." "Well's dry there," he said. "I shouldn't have skipped on all those French classes."

Coyle signed

The Wild signed Charlie Coyle, the 28th pick in the 2010 draft who came in the Brent Burns trade from San Jose, to a three-year contract worth nearly $2.5 million. Coyle will remain in Saint John of the Quebec League, where he has 12 goals and 12 assists in 16 games.

Coyle is the latest top prospect, which includes Jonas Brodin, Johan Larsson, Brett Bulmer and Zack Phillips, to sign. Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker are expected to sign after their respective seasons.

Back home

Defenseman Marco Scandella, who hails from the Notre-Dame-de-Grace part of Montreal, played his first game in Montreal in front of 16 family members. He was 3 when the Canadiens won their last Stanley Cup in 1993. His favorite all-time Habs are his uncle Sergio Momesso and Shayne Corson.

He said he grew up in a "tough neighborhood, but I have older brothers."

Etc.

• Erik Christensen, who has no points, nine shots and is minus-11 in 12 games since coming from the Rangers, was a healthy scratch. "It's one thing to not be getting goals, to not be getting assists. But if the puck is going in the net when you're on the ice, it doesn't add up," coach Mike Yeo said.

• Concussed Wild forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who hasn't played since Jan. 4, and Guillaume Latendresse, who has played twice since Nov. 10, attended Thursday's game. Both live in Montreal and have been getting treatment. Bouchard said he's starting to feel better, while Latendresse said he's so-so.

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