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Report: Rangers are trying to trade Clowe’s rights

Jul 1, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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Now that it’s clear that the New York Rangers are sticking with Brad Richards, they’ll need to make other sacrifices. The Bergen Record reports that means the end of Ryane Clowe‘s short stay in the Big Apple, as the team is apparently attempting to trade his negotiating rights.

Clowe, 30, is days away from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

That fact might make it tough for the Rangers to squeeze anything out of this situation, but it’s worth noting that the power forward drew a ton of attention during the trade deadline.

After 28 games with San Jose without a goal (but 11 assists), the Rangers gave up a second-rounder for what was ultimately just a rental this season. Clowe played better for New York, yet he was limited to just 12 regular season and two playoff games.

One can debate whether that trade was worth it for the Rangers, but GM Glen Sather is hoping to try to get a little more out of the deal before July 5.

  1. Mike Williams - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    It would be stupid for any team to trade for his rights now. Wait 4 more days without having to give up anything.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      he goes on UFA at that point. if somebody wanted him that bad, they’d trade a pick for rights to sign him, then offer him a deal he’ll definitely take and sign him. idk what you mean wait 4 days. then you’d hafta compete for him

      • Mike Williams - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        I know that, but can you see a team that REALLY wants a player who scored just three goals last season because I dont.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        hey, I mean SOMEBODY’s gotta have a Clowe-sized hole on their team.


    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Yea but it would be exclusive to the team that traded for it

      • Mike Williams - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        I know that, don’t you think the Rangers should have tried to deal his rights before, or during the draft? Maybe get a pick in this draft that was pretty deep.

    • quips007quips007 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Not so my moronic friend……he hits free agency, you are in a bidding war…………trade for his rights, and only you can negotiate with him for 3 days……..a bit of an advantage…but if you know you want him…….

      • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        you felt the need to say for a third time what two people already said?

  2. jernster21 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Trade his rights to Vancouver now that Torts is there….that is the reason they got him after all, to fit his system.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Sharks should just pick him up for CHEAP as a free agent. He may not be the best but he was a huge part of the team and city. He could mentor the 4th line guys.

    • joelwrobinson - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM


    • hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Who would you suggest he replaces?

    • mrpinkca - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      In no world is he going to be cheap.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    The sharks will have like 1 million $ to spend once they sign Kennedy, so noooooo

  5. rpiotr01 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    “One can debate whether that trade was worth it for the Rangers…”

    Really, there is a debate? They gave up a second round pick for nothing. Nothing! How was this not a huge fail for Sather? It’s not a disaster by any stretch, but still, teams need every opportunity to obtain young cheap talent they can get, and after all the Rangers’ hard work building the roster from within it’s disheartening to see Sather throwing away picks again.

  6. twpguy1964 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    “One can debate whether that trade was worth it for the Rangers”

    If you’re a moron you can debate it. Of course it was a mistake

    • curtismayfield - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      he definitely helped them make that final playoff push, but was then hurt for the playoffs. Its definitely a fail, in retrospect but so many trades are. I liked the move at the time and would do it again.

  7. cruuuzcontrol - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I know you can’t really do anything when a guy gets hurt, but this is one deadline deal that was a mega-fail for the Rangers. And everyone knows the Rangers can’t/won’t resign him, so there’s little to no way to extract any value at the end here. Fortunately they got Brassard, Moore, and Dorsett to soften this blow to the midsection.

  8. pastabelly - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Of course it was worth a #2. He helped them get in the playoffs and get by Washington. An argument that rentals are only good if they translate into championships is foolish. If you say that, then Morrow and Iginla pickups by the Penguins and Jagr move by Bruins were bad moves. Franchises need to give it a shot.

    • curtismayfield - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      well, he played 2 games in the playoffs for one point, so he didnt really help much

  9. tfaltin - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I’d rather move forward from this trade. Killed me during the draft to watch everyone else pick talent from a deep draft while knowing the Rangers had nothing until the 3rd round. As it was said above, I’m choosing to think the Rangers got Brassard, Falk and Moore out of this draft. Nice haul.

  10. DED - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    He helped the team make the playoffs (3G 5A in 12 games) but wasn’t a factor there because of injury (1A in 2 games, though didn’t he leave early in that second one?). I don’t follow the draft other than the trades made for current players so I’ll leave it to others to debate whether or not the Rangers missed out.

    I hear a lot of Ranger fans screaming for “so and so” to be called up from Hartford to replace some guy they think isn’t performing so it would seem that the Rangers still have plenty of upcoming talent in the system that this one year they could get away with missing out. Not every drafted player pans out and not every guy in the league today was drafted so I don’t think people should be screaming bloody murder about Clowe.

    I think there could be a place for him on the team if they had the cap space, but he had a cap hit of $3.6 million last year so they really don’t.

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