Clowe would ‘love’ to be back with Rangers, Lundqvist mum on extension


Two veteran Rangers shared different outlooks during Monday’s end-of-year media availability.

Ryan Clowe, acquired at the deadline from San Jose, said he’d “love” to be back with the Rangers after appearing in just 12 regular-season and two playoff games with a suspected concussion.

“I loved it here,” Clowe told “I loved the guys. It’s a first-class organization and it was just special putting on a Rangers jersey.

“I really felt that way and I’d love to come back.”

Clowe, 30, is in the final year of a four-year, $14.5 million deal signed with San Jose in 2009.

This season proved to be one of the toughest of his career — lowlighted by going scoreless in 28 games with the Sharks — but he did find a spark upon joining New York, scoring eight points in the 12 games played.

As for another veteran Ranger — goalie Henrik Lundqvist — he was non-committal about signing an extension in New York past 2013-14, when his current deal is set to expire.

“I’m gonna talk to my agent, and we’ll see,” Lundqvist told the New York Daily News when asked about signing an extension. “You know, I had such a great time here in New York. From day one they treated me really well and have given me an opportunity to play a lot of hockey. It’s been a lot of fun. I have one more year on the contract.

“I’m just focused on – well, right now, I’m trying to get over this year – but we’ll see. I’ll talk to my agent and take it from there.”

Lundqvist, 31, has one year left on the six-year, $41.25 million deal signed with the Rangers in 2008.

He won the team’s MVP award in seven consecutive seasons — including 2013 — and was nominated for the Vezina this year after winning it in 2011-12.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?