On the eve of the NHL trading deadline the Rangers finalized a deal with the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night in which the Blueshirts acquired veteran forward Ryane Clowe in exchange for three draft selections.
The 30 year-old Clowe is the ninth-leading scorer in franchise history for the Sharks, accumulating 271 points (101-170-271) in 423 National Hockey League games. A gritty, heart-and-soul forward, Clowe also has totaled 567 penalty minutes since entering the NHL with San Jose during the 2005-06 season.
Originally a sixth-round pick out of Rimouski in the QMJHL, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Clowe had spent his entire professional career with the Sharks organization prior to being traded to the Rangers. He is a two-time 20-goal scorer---with a career-high of 24 established two years ago---and has reached 50 or more points on three separate occasions. Clowe recorded a career-best 62 points during the 2010-11 season. The year before he racked up a career-high 131 penalty minutes.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to acquire Ryane,” stated Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather. “He is a unique combination of size, skill and toughness. His strong leadership and character make him a tremendous addition to our organization on and off the ice.”
Clowe has also been a consistently strong playoff performer throughout his career. In 68 career post-season contests, Clowe has 18 goals, 27 assists and 45 points to go along with 97 penalty minutes. In 2010 and 2011 he helped the Sharks reach the Western Conference Finals two years in a row. Clowe tallied 15 points in 17 games during the 2011 post-season.
This year Clowe has 11 points in 28 games without scoring a goal as of yet. He currently ranks tenth in the league with 79 penalty minutes.
To acquire Clowe the Rangers sent San Jose their second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Florida's third round selection in the 2013 draft, and a conditional second round pick in the 2014 draft. That pick becomes a second rounder should the Rangers either re-sign Clowe, who is an unrestricted free agent, or should the team advance to the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. If neither of those things happen San Jose receives the Rangers fifth round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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