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Ryane Clowe, three goal scorer, signs with Devils for five years, $24.25 million

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Ryane Clowe scored just three goals last season. That's just one more goal than extraneous vowels in his name.

But that didn't stop him from getting seriously paid. After closing out the 2013 campaign with the New York Rangers, Clowe has opted to board the train to Newark and join the New Jersey Devils, where he'll replace the departed David Clarkson.

In exchange for his services, the Devils will be paying him $24.25 million over the next 5 years. That's $4.85 million a year.

Lucky for him he scored that third goal.

Now, I'm not saying it's a bad deal, but when the millions exceed the goal total, well, it merits skepticism.

In Clowe's defence, he was snake-bitten for much of the year. A 20-goal scorer in two of the last four years -- and not far off the mark in the other two -- his shot totals didn't fall off in 2013, just the number that went in. You could call that bad luck, and undoubtedly, some of it was.

But it's also possible that Clowe, now 30 and never the fleetest of foot as it is, has lost a step. If scoring into the twenties ended when Clowe hit his thirties, the Devils could be ruing this deal in very short order.

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