For all intents and purposes, it sounds like Ryane Clowe‘s NHL playing days are finished.
That’s the report from the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti, who passes along word from New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero that Clowe “will be unable to play hockey now or in the future.”
Clowe, 32, admits that he’d rather continuing playing for the Devils, yet doctors recommend that he hang up his skates.
Shero told Gulitti that Clowe will go on IR or long-term injured reserve for the remaining three years of his contract, depending upon how his $4.85 million cap hit affects the Devils’ situation.
Clowe’s hard-hitting style helped him earn the five-year, $24.25 million contract the Devils handed him heading into 2013-14, but it ultimately caught up to him.
Concussion issues plagued him almost since day one with the Devils, doing little to silence critics of that deal.
While it’s clear Clowe wanted to try to play, it’s tough to imagine him being a difference-maker without taking physical risks. It’s a shame that Clowe isn’t the one making the call, but it might be the right move.