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Clutterbuck weeks away from return to Islanders after wrist injury

Forward skating on his own but not shooting pucks, 'will be like that for a while'

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Cal Clutterbuck isn't close to being ready to return to the New York Islanders from a wrist injury that has kept him out for the past six weeks, coach Barry Trotz said Thursday.

"He's skating on his own, not shooting pucks or anything," Trotz said after the Islanders had their first practice following the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend and their NHL-mandated five-day break. "He'll be like that for a while. He's still weeks away."

Clutterbuck hasn't played since he was accidentally cut on the right wrist by the skate blade of Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron during a 3-2 shootout win at TD Garden on Dec. 19. He had surgery the next day and has missed 16 games. The Islanders (29-15-5) are 6-7-3 without him.

The forward has seven points (two goals, five assists) and is plus-7 in 33 games.

The Islanders play their first game since Jan. 21 when they face the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; MSG, SNP, NHL.TV).

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