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Clowe would ‘love’ to be back with Rangers, Lundqvist mum on extension

May 27, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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Two veteran Rangers shared different outlooks during Monday’s end-of-year media availability.

Ryan Clowe, acquired at the deadline from San Jose, said he’d “love” to be back with the Rangers after appearing in just 12 regular-season and two playoff games with a suspected concussion.

“I loved it here,” Clowe told NHL.com. “I loved the guys. It’s a first-class organization and it was just special putting on a Rangers jersey.

“I really felt that way and I’d love to come back.”

Clowe, 30, is in the final year of a four-year, $14.5 million deal signed with San Jose in 2009.

This season proved to be one of the toughest of his career — lowlighted by going scoreless in 28 games with the Sharks — but he did find a spark upon joining New York, scoring eight points in the 12 games played.

As for another veteran Ranger — goalie Henrik Lundqvist — he was non-committal about signing an extension in New York past 2013-14, when his current deal is set to expire.

“I’m gonna talk to my agent, and we’ll see,” Lundqvist told the New York Daily News when asked about signing an extension. “You know, I had such a great time here in New York. From day one they treated me really well and have given me an opportunity to play a lot of hockey. It’s been a lot of fun. I have one more year on the contract.

“I’m just focused on – well, right now, I’m trying to get over this year – but we’ll see. I’ll talk to my agent and take it from there.”

Lundqvist, 31, has one year left on the six-year, $41.25 million deal signed with the Rangers in 2008.

He won the team’s MVP award in seven consecutive seasons — including 2013 — and was nominated for the Vezina this year after winning it in 2011-12.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Would love if the Sharks negotiated a smaller contract with Clowe. He would play great on the 3rd or 4th line. Strictly as a grinder.

    • sjawesome - May 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      I never thought I would say this but I really hope the sharks resign Torres. I like Torres’ game more then clowes

  2. sjsharks66 - May 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I hope we resign Torres also. Clowe just brought a special energy when he was on the ice in San Jose.

  3. 19to77 - May 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Interesting that Lundqvist refers to New York entirely in the past tense. Probably making something out of nothing, but if he were tired of the Rangers after so many times falling short of expectations… I mean, would it really shock anyone to hear him say he wants to try a different team if next season doesn’t go well?

  4. isithockeyseasonyet - May 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Ed Snyder would be foaming at the mouth if lundqvist became available

  5. gmenfan1982 - May 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    There is absolutely no way the Rangers don’t extend Lundqvist. He is priority número uno.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - May 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      I agree with you 100% he has to be priority #1, it just doesn’t seem like he loves being there, maybe I’m wrong but he’s gonna get whatever $ amount he’s looking for so it’s not like his back is against the wall to resign there

  6. barkar942 - May 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    A) I liked what I saw of Clowe as a Ranger. A question to any of you San Jose fans- has Clowe had concussion issues in the past, or is this episode with the Rangers the first time? I would possibly be a little more hesitant about resigning him if this is a recurring problem if I were the Rangers.

    B) Hank is just fishing to see which team will want to massively overpay him for the next 8 years- Oh wait- he already plays for the Rangers (see Richards).
    Keep wishing, every other GM in the NHL- Hank is not leaving NY any time in his career.
    He should be the highest paid player in the league, but will sign with the Rangers for less just like Marty did with the Devils so there is enough money to go around to keep good players there..

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Keep dreaming. There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that Henry signs for less than 7.5 million a year. One of the many differences between Henry and Martin is that Martin had already earned his 3 cups before giving NJ a home team discount. Henry wants to win a cup and would be smart to move to another team that has a chance to do so. Not a franchise that has one cup in 70 plus years.

      If anything at all, Henry would give another team a discount for a real chance to win the cup.

  7. xxakshunxx - May 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Clowes gonna look for the most money he can get, don’t expect him to sign anywhere for cheap if he can help it

  8. twayward - May 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    agree with gmenfan1982. hank’s going nowhere. they’ll do whatever it takes to keep him.

    pure speculation on my part here, but i suspect hank’s use of the past tense was either a shrewd negotiating ploy or was an indication that he’s not sticking around if torts is the coach. probably the former, but the latter did cross my mind.

    clowe was sorely missed by the rangers in the playoffs (as was marc stahl). i’m sure slats would love to keep clowe but not at any price.

  9. rpiotr01 - May 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    My impression is, Sather would much sooner fire Torts and clean house with the coaching staff than part with a player of Hank’s caliber. The ‘fall back and collapse to the net, who’s ever heard of a power play goal?’ style that Torts brought has to be wearing thin on Lundqvist since it relies so heavily on him having zero margin for error in his play. It’d be nice to see him have a bad game and give up 3 goals but have the team offense rally around him and pull out a win. I’d be sick and tired of that garbage too if I were in his shoes.

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