Forward Ryane Clowe did not practice with the team on Friday, a day after he left the Rangers’ playoff-clinching victory over Carolina with an undisclosed injury.
“I’m not sure what all falls into place as far as when playoffs start, but I’m projecting him to be a pretty important playoff player for us,” coach John Tortorella said after practice. “He has the experience, he has the heavy body for it. He’s done pretty good stuff on the wall for us since he’s been here. His strengths are very important if you’re going to compete in the playoffs. So we’ll see where it goes.”
The Rangers recalled Kris Newbury from the AHL, but Tortorella wouldn’t offer any kind of timeline for Clowe’s return. Tortorella simply said “no,” when asked if he had any idea regarding the severity of Clowe’s injury.
Acquired via trade from the Sharks in early April, Clowe had eight points (three goals) in 12 games with the Rangers.