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The New York Rangers acquired forward Ryane Clowe Tuesday from the San Jose Sharks for draft picks.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to acquire Ryane," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "He is a unique combination of size, skill and toughness. His strong leadership and character make him a tremendous addition to our organization on and off the ice."

The Sharks received the Rangers' second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers' third-round choice in 2013 (previously acquired by New York) and a conditional second-round selection in 2014.

Clowe, 30, hasn't scored in 28 games after netting at least 17 in each of the previous four seasons. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"Ryane is a tremendously respected player and teammate, and an individual of outstanding character," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told 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."

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