Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Rangers Get Some Much Needed Size & Grit; Acquire Ryane Clowe

While last week this disgruntled Rangers fan wrote about the signing of Mats Zuccarello and how he didn't meet the needs of the Rangers, today it's the opposite story.

News broke late this afternoon that the Ryane Clowe sweepstakes was down to the Rangers and Canucks. Shortly thereafter it was confirmed that the Rangers and Sharks had agreed on a deal and the deal was to be finalized if Clowe agreed as he had a No Trade Clause.

According to TSN:
In return, the Sharks receive a second round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, Florida's third round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft (previously acquired by New York) and a conditional second round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

If Clowe re-signs with the Rangers or the team wins two playoff rounds, the pick remains New York's 2014 second round selection. If neither occurs, the pick becomes New York's fifth round 2014 selection.
While much of the Rangers roster is made up of skilled players who aren't capable of using their body to  screen goalies, get to the opposing team's goal or grind it out along the boards - Clowe is more than capable. He plays like a bull in a China shop. He's a big man who is more than willing to pay the price to get the prime real estate on the ice. He's also not reluctant to drop the gloves when needed. He's your prototypical NHL power forward who is tough as nails, uses his body effectively and can play with the a nasty streak.

There are critics of course because Clowe has yet to score a goal this season and some wonder how a guy with zero goals is supposed to help the Rangers atrocious offense. It's my belief (and assuming Sather's) that Clowe brings intangibles that the Rangers so badly need. The goals will come. Until they do, Clowe will provide screens on the opposing goalie, get to rebounds and create space for whoever the Rangers put on his line.

He's certainly struggled offensively this season through 28 games - but he's had a decent career stats-wise for a player never shy to back down from a physical confrontation or throw his body around. In 423 NHL regular season games he has 271 points (101 goals, 170 assists). His playoff numbers have been even more impressive scoring 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 68 games.

Clowe is exactly what the Rangers needed.  Time will tell how much more, if anything, the Rangers will do prior to tomorrow's 3pm NHL trade deadline.

Oh yeah, I've had a man crush on Ryane Clowe for a long time -- proposing that Sather inquire about him back in June 2009.

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