NHL Injury Buzz: Jackets’ Joonas Korpisalo; Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck done for season
NHL Injury buzz begins with Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, who will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season due to a hip injury that will require surgery.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Thursday that Korpisalo’s expected recovery time is six months.
NHL Injury: Joonas Korpisalo done for the season
“This is an injury that Joonas has been dealing with for some time and it has now gotten to the point where surgery is the best option,” Kekalainen said. “We are disappointed for him as he has worked extremely hard to be able to play, but this is the best course of action.”
Korpisalo finished 7-11-0 with a 4.15 goals-against average and an .877 save percentage in 22 games this season.
The 27-year-old Finland native has compiled a 76-67-21 record with a 3.04 GAA, .902 save percentage and three shutouts in 182 games since Columbus drafted him in the third round in 2012.
The Blue Jackets (32-29-3, 67 points) entered Thursday 13 points behind the Washington Capitals for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot with 18 games remaining.
Cal Clutterbuck done for the season
New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury that will require surgery.
The Islanders also announced Thursday that defenseman Scott Mayfield will miss four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury, which puts his season in jeopardy. New York (27-25-9, 63 points) concludes the regular season against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on April 29.
Clutterbuck, 34, signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract extension Monday after being on target for unrestricted free agency this summer.
“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.”
He recorded 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 59 games this season. He has 262 points (130 goals, 132 assists) in 933 career games with the Minnesota Wild and Islanders.
Mayfield, 29, has 18 points (three goals, career high-tying 15 assists) in 61 games this season. He has 87 points (19 goals, 68 assists) in 346 career games since being selected by the Islanders in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
–Field Level Media