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Clutterbuck out indefinitely for Islanders after surgery on left wrist

Forward was cut by skate in game against Bruins; Ladd recalled from AHL

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Cal Clutterbuck is out indefinitely for the New York Islanders after having surgery on his left wrist Friday.

The 32-year-old right wing was injured in the third period of a 3-2 shootout win at the Boston Bruins on Thursday. After Clutterbuck finished a check against Patrice Bergeron, his wrist was cut by the Bruins center's skate blade. Clutterbuck immediately grabbed the wrist and raced to the dressing room.

Clutterbuck has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 33 games this season.

"The cut was clean; no complications," general manager Lou Lamoriello said Saturday before New York hosted the Anaheim Ducks at Nassau Coliseum. "He's fine. [The surgery] was in and out; it wasn't something that he had to stay overnight about.

"It's just going to be a matter of time when it heals. I'm not a doctor, but all I know is it was 100 percent successful. He will be back this season; the time frame depends on the healing process."

With Clutterbuck out, the Islanders recalled Andrew Ladd from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. The 34-year-old forward tore the ACL in his left knee during a game against the Arizona Coyotes on March 24, had surgery and was waived by New York on Nov. 14. He had nine points (seven goals, two assists) in 19 AHL games.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz said Ladd will participate in warmups, and a decision as to whether he'd play against the Ducks would be made afterward.

"It's a serious injury, but it could've been worse," Trotz said. "The doctors, from what I understand, felt that they were able to do everything they needed to do pretty efficiently. We'll miss Cal, [but] we'll move on until he gets back."

Trotz said he was pleased with Ladd's performance and attitude at Bridgeport.

"Andrew's done everything that we've asked and more," he said. "To me, I sensed that he would [be back] because of attitude. He went down there as a total professional with a good attitude. He's been a good role model down there. Usually when you do that, you tend to think about it the right way and you get back to where you're at. Full marks for his attitude. There's nothing that can replace that."

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