The New York Rangers have acquired Newfoundland forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks for three draft picks.
The National Hockey League teams announced the deal Tuesday night.
The Sharks get the Rangers’ second-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, and a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 draft. 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.
The 30-year-old Clowe is in the final year of a deal that pays him a pro-rated $3.625 million this season. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Clowe, who led the Sharks with 79 penalty minutes, has a no-trade-clause in his contract, but waived it to allow the deal.
The Fermeuse-born, Mount Pearl-raised Clowe has 11 points, but no goals, this season. Still, he was a much sought-after player, with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild also said to have had serious interest in acquiring him.
Earlier this week, sources told The Telegram the Flyers had gone so far as to have worked out a tentative eight-year contract extension with Clowe. However, apparently they and the Sharks could not agree on the trade compensation that would have cemented that deal.
Clowe broke in with the Sharks in 2005-06, and has 423 career NHL games under his belt. Twice he has hit the 20-goal mark, and finished with 19 in 2009-10. He has 567 career NHL penalty minutes.
The Rangers' next game is Wednesday night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With files from The Associated Press