‘I just find it disrespectful’: Clutterbuck responds to diving accusation from Lindy Ruff


Cal Clutterbuck has snapped back at Lindy Ruff after the Dallas Stars coach accused the New York Islanders forward of diving following Sunday’s game.

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Stars’ defenseman Jason Demers was ejected for a hit on Clutterbuck in the second period of that game, prompting Ruff to say the following about the incident:

“I think the guy who got hit has a history of diving,” Ruff said, as per the Dallas Morning News.

“I looked at the play, and don’t think [Demers] elbowed him, I don’t think he did anything, really. And [Clutterbuck] didn’t seem to be hurt, but he sold it pretty good. Maybe [Demers] deserved a minor penalty, that’s my take on it.”

Based on comments made to Newsday Long Island, a number of Islanders, including head coach Jack Capuano, took exception with what Ruff said about Clutterbuck, who was fined $2,000 by the NHL last January for diving.

“I just find it disrespectful,” Clutterbuck told Newsday.

“I’ve played a lot of games in the league to this point, the hit itself — if anyone looks at the replay, it’s completely unnecessary. I get my head driven into the board by a knee or a thigh. I reacted to the amount of pain I was in. To embellish a hit like that, I’d have to come up with something pretty quickly while I’m in pain, so I just don’t care for the comments. That’s the road he chose.”

The Islanders and Stars meet again on March 19 in Dallas.