Ryane Clowe has medical clearance to participate in training camp, but that doesn’t change the fact that he suffered three concussions in less than a year.
In light of that, he admitted that he’s been “advised” to scale back how much he fights, but Clowe doesn’t know if he’ll be able change his game in that way.
“It’s hard when I’m out there,” Clowe told the Bergen Record. “I’m a competitive guy, so I get fired up easily. We’ll see how that goes.”
Devils coach Pete DeBoer seems to think the status quo will persist when it comes to Clowe.
“Ryane plays the game one way and I think when you have a conversation with him you realize that he doesn’t play thinking about not doing something. He can’t play that way,” DeBoer said. “So, I don’t want him doing that, but at the same time I know what type of player he is and that’s always going to probably be a part of his game.”
Clowe practiced with the Devils on Friday and felt good. He won’t participate in their first preseason game, but beyond that nothing has been finalized. DeBoer did indicate that he’ll probably need to participate in at least two exhibition contests to be ready for the regular season.