Clowe Traded- Today the San Jose Sharks officially said goodbye to longtime left winger Ryane Clowe. The Sharks have traded Clowe to the NY Rangers in exchange for the Rangers’ second round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. In addition, the Sharks also will be receiving the Florida Panthers’ third round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft (previously acquired by New York) and a conditional second round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft. If the Rangers do well in the post season, one pick the Sharks are receiving could be upgraded to New York’s 2014 second round selection. If the Rangers don’t make the post season or flounder in the first round, the Sharks would get the Rangers’ 2014 fifth round pick, not the second.
Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson told Sharks.nhl.com today… ““Ryane is a tremendously respected player and teammate, and an individual of outstanding character,” said Wilson. “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 Sharks selected Clowe in the sixth round of the NHL re-entry draft in 2001. The odds against Clowe making the team at the time were fairly stacked against him as he was the 175th player taken in that draft overall. Clowe played 423 games for the Sharks. Clowe made his debut for the Sharks in the 2005-06 season (one year after Bettman’s lost season). Clowe scored 101 career goals for the Sharks and complemented it with 170 assists. The Sharks meanwhile now hold 10 picks in 2013 NHL Draft: 1st, 2nd, 2nd (NYR), 2nd (PIT), 3rd (FLA), 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 7th (ANA)…
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