Sharks trade Ryane Clowe to the Rangers

After days of anticipation, the Ryane Clowe sweepstakes have come to an end. Your winner—the New York Rangers.

The Sharks Tuesday afternoon sent the winger to the Rangers, less than 24 hours before the NHL’s trade deadline.

In exchange, the Sharks reportedly receive a handful of draft picks—a second rounder and third rounder (from Florida) in this year’s draft and a conditional second rounder in next year’s. The conditional pick becomes a fifth-round selection if the Rangers do not make it to the conference finals or if they do not re-sign Clowe, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

That’s not quite what Sharks GM Doug Wilson, who reportedly sought a first-rounder and a prospect, was looking for in exchange for Clowe. But still, not a bad return at all on a player who has a grand total of zero goals this season and whom the team likely wouldn’t have re-signed in the offseason. (The Sharks, by the way, now own 10 picks in this year’s draft. Yes, that’s pretty good.)

Clowe, 30, had to waive a no-trade clause in order for the deal to go through.

Here’s Wilson’s statement on the trade, per Kevin Kurz:

“Ryane is a tremendously respected player and teammate, and an individual of outstanding character. These deals involving players who have spent a substantial amount of time in and contributed much to San Jose are difficult, but it’s also important for us to get value for a player who is set to be an unrestricted free agent. We want to wish Ryane and his family the best in the future and thank them for everything they have done for the Sharks organization and the San Jose community.”

The Bruins, Canucks and Rangers were the teams reportedly in the running for Clowe. The Bruins effectively dropped out of the race when they acquired Jaromir Jagr (yes, he’s still in the NHL) from the Stars on Tuesday. With a no-trade clause, Clowe essentially had the luxury of choosing where to play and opted for, shocker, New York City. He told David Pollak he hopes the change of scenery in the Eastern Conference will kick start his scoring.

While Clowe’s goose egg in the scoring column this season has been one of the more disappointing story lines of a largely disappointing Sharks season, the team and its fans will definitely miss the physicality and toughness he brings to the rink every night. You could always count on Clowe dropping the gloves to stick up for a teammate, whether it even be before the opening faceoff or from the bench. Or sometimes just because he was pissed off at some some poor sap who was about to be in a world of hurt.

Clowe easily led the team in penalty minutes. Naturally the last we saw him in a Sharks sweater was in a penalty box.

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