Clowe’d been on the block for a while, having sat out last night’s Sharks game against the Vancouver Canucks and having found himself at the core of many rumours over the last few weeks.
Sharks GM Doug Murray actually did pretty well in his bag of picks, grabbing a second round selection, a third round selection and a conditional selection that’s either a second round pick or a fifth round pick depending on whether or not the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final. If Clowe re-ups in New York, the pick will be a second round selection.
Consider what Jay Feaster got for Iginla or what Joe Nieuwendyk got for Jaromir Jagr and you start to get the idea that Murray actually pulled off something pretty grand here in dealing Clowe.
Now the Rangers are looking for offence and they’re hoping that Clowe can fill in that gap, even if he doesn’t have any goals this season. He’s still putting pucks to the net, so that’s a start, but one has to wonder about the Blueshirts’ wisdom when it comes to the acquisition.
Clowe’s best season came in 2010-2011 when he scored 24 goals and added 38 assists. His success generally depends on who he’s playing with, which means the Rangers have a couple of options to try to get some jam out of him. Perhaps playing alongside Brad Richards will tilt the tide. Perhaps not.
Regardless, the Rangers have to be hoping his best years are ahead of him. The 30-year-old makes for a good power forward and provides a lot of size up front, which bolsters the top six with grit and strength. That’s not a bad thing, but is it worth what New York gave up? That’s a tough question indeed.