The NHL’s anti-embellishment initiative has tagged another player, as New York Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 for his second infraction of the season.
Clutterbuck’s dive, which happened on Jan. 19, came against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the slot and about to release a shot, Clutterbuck felt the stick of Flyers winger Jakub Voracek and fell to one knee. Voracek was given two minutes for hooking and the Isles scored on the power play. Upon review, the NHL has decided to fine Clutterbuck.
Clutterbuck was warned after a diving incident in a Dec. 6 game against the St. Louis Blues, and, as per the NHL’s graduated scale, he was hit with the fine. Further incidents could cost Clutterbuck up to $5,000, with eight such infractions dinging Isles coach Jack Capuano’s wallet for an additional $5,000.
The fine is neglible for Clutterbuck, who makes $2.75 million this season, but for a player who prides himself on playing a tough game, this might sting his reputation a bit.
The first player this season to receive a public fine for diving was Nashville Predators winger James Neal. Just three weeks ago, another pair of players were tagged as the NHL fined Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck and Detroit Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist.