Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Ryane Clowe: The stats and intangibles
I don't mind this at all.
Clowe, a 30-year-old left wing who has averaged 20 goals a year over the last four seasons, was swapped for a 2nd and 3rd round draft pick, as well as a conditional second-rounder in 2014, if Clowe, whose four-year, $14.5-million contract expires at the end of this season, re-signs and the Rangers win two rounds. If not, it becomes a fifth.
The 6-2, 225-pound Clowe, who had to waive his no-trade clause to come to New York, has 11 assists and no goals in 28 games this season, but the thinking is that a change of scenery will help.
A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Clowe certainly adds some needed grit and is a proven post-season performer, with 18 goals and 45 points in 68 games, as well as 97 penalty minutes. In late February, he was suspended for two games when he left the bench to confront Chicago's Andrew Shaw, who had boarded Joe Pavelski. He was drafted by the Sharks in 2001, and his best NHL season was 2010-11, when he was 24-38-62 in 75 games and 6-9-15 in 17 playoff games for San Jose.
It is expected that once Clowe arrives, the Rangers will assign a rookie forward, J.T. Miller or Chris Kreider, to the AHL’s Connecticut Whale.
The Rangers also are believed to be in the market for a depth defenseman before the Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline and could shed some salary if their intent is to re-sign Clowe.
Remember, the Rangers can still recover some of those picks in future moves, if they so choose.