May 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryane Clowe (29) celebrates a goal scored by left wing Carl Hagelin (not pictured) on Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Stay Or Go: Ryane Clowe

First off let me apologize for my long absence from the site. I’ve been busy the last couple weeks and it’s just been hard to get on here and write. With the offseason coming with plenty of Rangers related news it’ll be easier to get on here and write something. Anyway, let’s talk about Ryane Clowe.

I like Ryane Clowe as a player. I like what he brings to the table with toughness, physicality, and he even brings some goal scoring. But he can only do that when he’s healthy. Ryane Clowe is anything but healthy at the moment. Reportedly, he suffered three concussions last season. This is a player who is also on the wrong side of 30. Before he even played a game for the Rangers I thought it would be a risk to give him a multi year deal at upwards of $3 million a season. Now a contract like that seems like suicide. Maybe you give him 2 years but that would be the absolute maximum I’d give him. There’s just too much risk, and there are other needs the Rangers need to address like getting their key RFA’s in Stepan, McDonagh, and Hagelin all re-signed. Oh and giving Lundqvist a new contract doesn’t seem like a bad idea either.

Some team with cap space will likely give Clowe a solid contract (especially considering the circumstances) but it’s unlikely the Rangers will be that team. Clowe has to be looking to cash out this summer and the Rangers aren’t the team that can do that for him or should do that for him. I liked Clowe when he was in blue and it’s sad it didn’t work out, but hey that’s just how it goes.

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