Islanders extend Cal Clutterbuck, Zach Parise

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Feb 26, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and Los Angeles Kings right wing Carl Grundstrom (91) battle for the puck in the third period at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

For Cal Clutterbuck, the sight of Jack Capuano and Travis Hamonic on the Ottawa Senators’ bench Tuesday night will be a reminder of how long he’s been a member of the New York Islanders.

The sight of Clutterbuck still manning the right side of the Islanders’ fourth line will also be a reminder than an era that began with Capuano as Clutterbuck’s head coach and Hamonic as one of his teammates isn’t quite over on Long Island.

Clutterbuck and Zach Parise, each of whom were eligible for free agency after the season, signed extensions Monday, with Clutterbuck inking a two-year deal and Parise agreeing to terms through next season.

Per CapFriendly, Clutterbuck’s extension is for two years with a $1.75M AAV, and Parise’s is for $750K with bonuses bringing it to $1.5M.

Islanders extend Cal Clutterbuck and Zach Parise

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Oct 14, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Islanders left wing Zach Parise (11) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

“Obviously I’m thrilled to sign an extension and have that dealt with,” Clutterbuck said via NHL.com. “Especially this time of the year, it can be a stressful time so I’m just thankful that this has gotten done and we don’t have to worry about. I’m thrilled to be here for a couple more years with these guys and this organization. Obviously, it’s home for me, so I’m thrilled.”

The Islanders’ recent solid play seems to have convinced general manager Lou Lamoriello — who referenced “all the turbulence that we went through” during a press conference Monday shortly after the NHL’s trade deadline passed — to not only stand pat but reinvest in the club’s core with an eye on competing again for the Stanley Cup next season.

“We believe in the group the same way Lou believes in the group,” said Clutterbuck, who joined the Islanders via a trade from the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2013 and has been a part of four Islanders teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs. “The feeling that I have with this group of guys is something that you don’t really find often. It’s an opportunity for us to go out there and accomplish the ultimate goal.”

–Field Level Media