Devils sign Clowe to five-year deal

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The New Jersey Devils have signed power forward Ryane Clowe to a five-year deal worth $4.85 million per season.

First reaction for many: that’s a lot of money for a player coming off a frustrating year offensively. The 30-year-0ld managed just three goals in 40 games with the Sharks and Rangers.

But Clowe has scored 20-plus goals twice during his career, his best season coming in 2010-11 when he had 24 goals and 38 assists for the Sharks. He also has a reputation for performing in the playoffs.

With the Devils committing over $24 million to Clowe, it seems unlikely winger David Clarkson will be back in New Jersey.