General manager Lou Lamoriello said on Saturday (via NHL.com) that the cut was “clean” and there were no complications. He added that Clutterbuck did not even need to stay overnight following the surgery. The Islanders are confident Clutterbuck will be back this season, but the time frame depends on the healing process.
With Clutterbuck sidelined, the team also announced that veteran forward Andrew Ladd has been recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. He is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Ladd is in the fourth year of a seven-year, $38 million contract that has not worked out as anyone planned. After two disappointing years, Ladd’s 2018-19 season was cut short by injuries, including a torn ACL.
The team placed him on waivers before this season and sent him to Bridgeport once he cleared. In 19 games with the Sound Tigers this season he has seven goals and two assists.
In 177 games with the Islanders Ladd has 38 goals and 71 total points.