With the Bruins acquiring Jaromir Jagr from Dallas for two prospects and a pick, the deal removed Boston from the list of suitors for Clowe, a 30-year-old left wing who has averaged 20 goals a year over the last four seasons.
The 6-2, 225-pound Clowe has 11 assists and no goals in 28 games this season, but the thinking is that a change of scenery would help. Clowe’s contract is up at the end of the season, and the Canucks were also said to be in pursuit.
Clowe, whose four-year, $14.5-million contract expires at the end of this season, certainly adds some 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. Clowe was assessed a roughing minor and a game misconduct.
Jesper Fast, 21, a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, took part in his first Rangers practice, following the conclusion of his season with HV71 in the Swedish Elite League, during which he scored 18 goals and 35 points in 47 games. He skated in Hartford last week, watched the Rangers defeat the Jets Monday at the Garden and was on a line with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt. “It gave us an opportunity to look at him,” said Tortorella, who made no further commitment.
“I was nervous,” said the 5-11, 176-pound winger, who signed a three-year, $2.4 million entry level contract. “I didn’t have too much control of the puck… My game is to skate hard and work hard and try to get the puck to the net and hopefully score some goals. I like the small rinks, hopefully it fits me well…Back in Sweden, if you have the puck in the corner you can’t shoot all the time, it’s too far away. It’s a big opportunity to show what I can do and we’ll see what happens.”