New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Ryane Clowe from San Jose in exchange for a second round pick in 2013, a third round pick in 2013 (originally Florida’s), and a conditional pick in 2014.
"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, 30, has skated in 423 career regular season contests over eight seasons with San Jose, registering 101 goals and 170 assists for 271 points, along with 567 penalty minutes. He surpassed the 50-point plateau in three consecutive seasons from 2008-09 to 2010-11, and has eclipsed the 20-goal mark twice (2008-09 and 2010-11).
Clowe established career-highs in goals (24), points (62), and plus/minus rating (plus-13), and tied his career-high in assists (38) during the 2010-11 season. He ranked fourth on San Jose in goals, fifth in points, and tied for fourth in assists that season. In 2008-09, he tied for the team-high with a career-best, 11 power play goals, and established career-highs in power play assists (13) and power play points (24).
In post-season play, Clowe has registered 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points, along with 97 penalty minutes in 68 career playoff contests with San Jose. He established playoff career-highs in games played (17), goals (six), assists (nine), points (15), plus/minus rating (plus-five), penalty minutes (32), and power play goals (three) during the 2011 playoffs. Clowe ranked third on the team in assists and points, fourth in assists, and tied for first in power play goals that year.
Last season, Clowe tied for second in the NHL with four game-deciding goals in the shootout. He finished the season ranked sixth on the Sharks in assists (28) and points (45), fifth in goals (17), third in hits (109), first in penalty minutes (97), and tied for fifth in power play goals (four). Clowe posted nine multi-point performances, including two, three-point efforts. On April 5, he recorded his third career Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a goal, assist and two fighting majors at Los Angeles. In addition, Clowe tied for the team lead in playoff assists (three) and third in playoff points (three), while skating in five postseason contests.
The 6-2, 225-pounder has tallied 11 assists and 79 penalty minutes in 28 games this season. He is tied for third on San Jose in assists, and ranks second in hits (69) and fighting majors (three). He has recorded five assists in his last eight games.
The Mount Pear, Newfoundland native was originally selected by San Jose as a sixth round choice, 175th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
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