Another trade that could affect the NHL playoff landscape has gone through on Tuesday afternoon.
The San Jose Sharks have reportedly agreed to trade winger Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers, a deal that requires Clowe to waive his no-trade clause.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 6:48 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
According to the Rangers' official Twitter feed, the deal for Clowe has been completed:
TRADE: The #NYR have acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks...details to follow...— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 2, 2013
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According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, that part of the deal is done:
Ryane Clowe has told the Sharks he's waiving his NTC to go to the New York Rangers. Sharks need to complete deal now— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 2, 2013
Bruce Garrioch is also reporting that the Sharks and Rangers have a deal in place that will include draft picks returning to San Jose:
The Sharks and Rangers have agreed on a deal for draft picks. The deal will be completed once Ryane Clowe agrees to move. #TRADETRACKER— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) April 2, 2013
TSN's Bob McKenzie added the draft picks that will be included in the reported deal:
As per @real_espnlebrun, it's SJ's 2nd, FLA's 3rd and conditional 2nd (on re-signing or winning two playoff series). If not, it becomes 5th.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 2, 2013
The 30-year-old winger was drafted in 2001 by San Jose, and has played in 28 games this season. He has accounted for a surprising zero goals and 11 assists thus far, averaging 16:28 minutes on the ice per contest in what has been considered a down season.
Eager to make the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Rangers have been one of the most talked-about teams in NHL trade-deadline speculation.
Currently in third place in the Atlantic Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference standings with 37 points (before games started on April 2), the Rangers have little room for error if they are going to make the playoffs.
Who got the better end of the deal?
Clowe could be the spark to put New York over the hump.
The talented winger has 101 goals in his NHL career, but hasn't been able to regain his shooting touch in 2012-13. San Jose deemed him expendable despite being in sixth place in the Western Conference playoff picture, and a change of scenery could be exactly what Clowe needs to rejuvenate his goal-scoring touch.
While the move should keep Ranger fans happy for the playoff push, Clowe is set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer.
We'll see if the mid-season rental (pending a Clowe re-signing or offseason deal) helps New York reach its potential down the stretch of this fast and furious NHL season.