After days of intense speculation Ryane Clowe has been traded to the New York Rangers. In exchange for Clowe the San Jose Sharks have acquired the Rangers’ second round 2013 draft pick, a third round 2013 draft pick the Rangers previously acquired from the Florida Panthers, and a conditional 5th round pick for the 2014 draft. If the Rangers win two playoff rounds or if Clowe re-signs with them the 2014 pick becomes 2nd round and not 5th.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather had this to say about the trade:
“We are extremely pleased to be able to acquire Ryane,” stated 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 played in 423 games in his career where he has accumulated 101 goals, 170 assists and 567 penalty minutes. All of these games have been in his eight seasons with the San Jose Sharks. This was obviously an emotional decision for Clowe and Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson:
“Ryane is a tremendously respected player and teammate, and an individual of outstanding character,” said Wilson. “These deals involving players who have spent a substantial amount of time in and contributed much to San Jose are difficult but it’s also important for us to get value for a player who is set to be an unrestricted free agent. We want to wish Ryane and his family the best in the future and thank them for everything they have done for the Sharks organization and the San Jose community.”
Some suspect that with the acquisition of Clowe the Rangers will be looking to move Brian Boyle, who has had a disappointing season. I don’t know where Boyle will end up but I guess we will see by later today if there is any truth behind this rumor.