The New York Rangers acquired forward Ryane Clowe in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

San Jose acquired New York’s second-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers third-round selection in 2013 (previously acquired by New York) and a conditional second-round selection in 2014.

“Ryane is a tremendously respected player and teammate, and an individual of outstanding character,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said on the team’s website. “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.”

Clowe does not have a goal in 28 games this season after scoring at least 17 in each of the previous four. He had a career-high 62 points in 2010-11.

The 30-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He debuted in 2005-06 and has played all of his 423 career games with the Sharks.

He leaves San Jose ranked ninth on the team’s all-time points list with 271 (101 goals, 170 assists).

If Clowe re-signs with the Rangers or the team wins two playoff rounds, the pick remains New York’s 2014 second-round selection. If neither occurs, the pick becomes New York’s fifth-round 2014 selection.


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