Now confirmed that the Rangers completed a trade for tough winger Ryane Clowe from San Jose for a second- and a third-round pick in 2013, and a 2014 conditional second-rounder if the Rangers re-sign Clowe, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, or if they win two playoff rounds. If not, the conditional pick is a fifth-rounder.
Clowe had to sign a waiver on his no-trade clause for the deal to become official, which he reportedly did this evening. He is believed to be headed for New York, hoping to play tomorrow night against Pittsburgh.
Clowe, 30, hasn’t scored a goal all season — so he’ll fit right in there — but the team desperately needs some grit and toughness and he will surely bring that. He had 11 assists and 77 penalty minutes this season. His career highs were 24 goals and 62 points in 2010-11.
That said, don’t you have to ask why a team in a playoff position in the West would trade Clowe for draft picks?
On the bright side, the Rangers don’t really have to go to the draft.