On breakup day, John Tortorella said Ryane Clowe is the kind of player that teams need in the playoffs and that he would have made a difference had he been able to play against the Bruins.
Tortorella said, “he would have helped because that is the type of player you are looking for when you go through the grind of the regular season and playoffs.”
He added that the team needs more depth and was hoping that they get stronger through the lineup to be able to sustain the minutes they want to play.
Clowe said,“I’m open to negotiate to find a way to stay here. I enjoyed it here. You start to develop a bond with the team and the guys. I feel like this team has the nucleus and core and you have Hank in the net. Everyone wants to win in NY.”
He added that he appreciated how much the Rangers wanted him after he struggled at the start of the season and said “I would love to come back. It’s special putting on a Rangers jersey.”
Adam Rotter: Even though he was fired, what Tortorella said about Clowe is true. The Rangers acquired him to be a playoff guy but his injuries prevented him from making a difference there. I don’t know that the money will work out to keep Clowe, but the team needs another banger like him to add some depth and maybe some scoring.
3:10PM: Clowe said at breakup day, via SNY, that NY was always where he wanted to be traded to and that he felt getting to the second round validated that decision.
Clowe said that he was open to negotiating to be able to stay with the Rangers.
1:17PM: May 26th: In a chat at ESPN.com, Katie Strang writes that the Rangers coveted Ryane Clowe so heavily at the trade deadline that there was a sense that the Rangers were very interested in re-signing him.
After suffering two undisclosed, though thought to be head, injuries that have limited him to only one full playoff game, Strang says that she can’t see how the Rangers will re-sign Clowe in the offseason.
2:56PM: John Tortorella said today that he could see right from the beginning that Clowe was going to be a “major asset” during the playoffs and Tortorella said that he thinks Clowe played well last night after being out for a while.
2:14PM: In his return to the lineup, Ryane Clowe played 12:19 and had an assist. Clowe didn’t attempt any shots but had four hits.
Clowe played 3:12 in the first, 3:56 in the second and 5:11 in the third period.
According to the NHL play by play sheet, Clowe saw shifts with:
Brian Boyle and Derick Brassard
Brad Richards and Arron Asham
Richards and Brassard
Brassard and Asham
Brassard and Dorsett
Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan
Boyle and Asham
Brassard and Hagelin (Had an assist with them)
Richards and Dorsett
Boyle and Hagelin
Richards and Rick Nash
Richards and Taylor Pyatt
Before the game, John Tortorella told Sam Rosen that Clowe will help out with board battles and protecting the puck. He added, that Clowe “does a lot of the little things that are so important in playoff hockey. He has played a lot in the playoffs, put up numbers in the playoffs and I think he will bolster us. I am a little concerned with the speed of the game, but just having him on the bench to have the grit and grind will be a big help to us.”
He said, “sometimes you gotta be smart when you have an injury. If you ask around to people who know me, I don’t like missing games and if i can play, I will play. I’m not holding out, I just don’t wanna play a couple of shifts and then something happens and then I’m out again. I wanna make sure that I am all in when I go back in. It’s just day to day with how I feel.”