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Ryane Clowe traded to New York Rangers

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Ryane Clowe is on his way to the New York Rangers.(USATSI)
Ryane Clowe is on his way to the New York Rangers. (USATSI)

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The New York Rangers have traded for San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, the team announced on Tuesday night. The Sharks will receive second- and third-round draft picks as part of the deal.

The bad news for the Rangers is the newest member of their team has yet to score a goal this season. That's probably not all that exciting for fans of a team that is currently at the bottom of the NHL's goal-scoring leaderboard.

The good news is that probably means he's long overdue to break out of this extended slump. So they have that going for them. Seriously, he can't possibly be shut out forever.

If nothing else, Clowe gives the Rangers some size and physical play up front, and perhaps can help fill some of the void that was left on the team when players like Brandon Prust and Brandon Dubinsky were lost via free agency (Prust) and trade (Dubinsky) over the summer.

Clowe, 30, is in the final year of a four-year contract that pays him $3.625 million per year and will be eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season.

No player has taken more shots than Clowe's 65 this season without scoring a goal. The next closest player is defenseman Derek Morris who has recorded 52 shots on goal without finding the back of the net. The next closest forward is Ottawa's Peter Regin with 34.

Even with the lack of goals to this point Clowe isn't an awful player or bad pickup for the Rangers, and his underlying numbers (his possession metrics, the fact he actually has put himself in a position to record 65 shots on goal) seem to indicate a player who's been a little unlucky this season. If he maintained that same shots per game average of the remainder of the season and shot at his career average of 11 percent that could be as many as three or four goals over the remainder of the season.

The Rangers would probably be more than happy to take that, along with his size and physical play.

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