The Minnesota Wild has remained relatively healthy through the season's first month, but the injuries are sure to come at some point. With Dominic Moore having missed all but two games with an abdominal strain, and Pavol Demitra listed as day-to-day with a strained adductor, the first call down to Houston was made on Tuesday.
First-year professional Cal Clutterbuck
was recalled from the Houston Aeros and will join the Wild in Calgary. His services may not be needed as Demitra did make the trip, and the club still has 12 forwards with Matt Foy. But with back-to-back games in an area located more than 2,000 miles away from Houston, Texas, the team thought it best to have an extra body just in case.
Wild Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn said that Clutterbuck was deserving of his first call-up after talking with Houston head coach Kevin Constantine.
"We called Kevin and asked him who the hardest working player had been over the last few games," said Lynn. "Kevin said it was Clutterbuck."
Clutterbuck has played in all five of Houston's game and has picked up two goals and an assist to rank tied for fourth in team scoring. He is also a plus-one with a power play goal.
To make room for Clutterbuck, Moore was placed on injured reserve.