The New York Rangers landed one of the more coveted pieces off of the trade market on Tuesday, when they acquired Ryane Clowe. And yes, there is plenty of irony that goes along with Clowe being the top trade chip on the market, in addition to the fact that it shows just how dead this year’s deadline promises to be.
The price to acquire Clowe was more than a lot of teams would have liked to pay, which is why it took up until the last day before the deadline for him to be moved. The Blueshirts surrendered a second and third round pick in this year’s draft, in addition to a conditional second round pick next year.
If Clowe re-signs with the Rangers, or they reach the Eastern Conference Finals, that pick remains a second-rounder. Should neither happen, which is entirely possible, it becomes a fifth round pick. Regardless of the way the conditional picks ends up, the Rangers find themselves with just two draft picks this summer.
But the more important thing is how Clowe fits with this team right now. Typically a player who can bring an offensive game and a bruising style to the ice, Clowe does not have a single goal on the season. That’s a major problem, but the Rangers are hoping the change of scenery helps.
There are whispers he could start Wednesday next to Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. Given the struggles of each of them this season, it’ll be interesting to see how a player with no goals impacts them. At this point, no one is expecting much.
If he can find his game, Clowe could be a valuable asset to the Rangers. He’s capable of skating with any line, including in the top six. Though the price was high, he could be a very nice addition to this Rangers lineup heading into the final stretch.