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Devils put Clowe (head) on IR

Oct 16, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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New Jersey’s lousy start to the season got worse on Wednesday as the club put it’s highest-profile free agent signing, Ryane Clowe, on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 13.

Clowe, who suffered a headache after taking an elbow against Winnipeg on Sunday, will miss the Devils’ next two games — Thursday against Ottawa and Saturday against the New York Rangers.

“He got hit with a pretty good elbow in the third period and continued to play,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello explained. “We just maybe overreacted to it, but when somebody’s had a history, we don’t want to take any chances.”

Lamoriello is referring to last season, when Clowe missed the last game of the regular season and 10 playoff games with a concussion. The injury kept him off the ice for quite some time, and he was only greenlit to return to playing in late June.

A few days later, the Devils signed Clowe to a massive five-year, $24.25 million deal. He’s proceeded to appear in six games thus far but has struggled, registering just one assist while posting a minus-5 rating as the Devils have started the year 0-3-3.

Replacing Clowe on the active roster will be forward Mattias Tedenby, who has been activated from the injured non-roster list.

  1. rgotoguy - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Wow, that did not take long at all.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I hate how he is always out with head injuries. He is probably my favorite player in the NHL and I think he may have to hang the skates up pretty soon.

  3. thecheeman - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I have barely noticed him out on the ice all year.

  4. DED - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Maybe the Rangers were smart to let him go.

  5. 950003cups - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    The Rangers didn’t let him go. They made offers to him, but NJ outbid them. Rangers were in cap trouble. If he hangs them up, the cap room and salary vanishes. If he plays, and gets back to form, then it’s a great signing. If he says and sucks (which has been the case) then it’s a bad signing.

    But if you wanna judge players on their stats, then the whole team is a bad signing. This devils team is so bad right now, they may actually surrender a top five draft pick.

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