One of the last restricted free agents standing, Ryane Clowe, has been re-signed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.
Clowe’s a player that every team should want, and if not for an injury this season might have gotten a pretty big payday. At just 25, he has 44 points in 91 games over three seasons with the Sharks. He’s also very solid defensively and is a high-energy player that isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. $1.6 million is a steal for a player of a skillset so wideranging.
Clowe, 25, was limited to 15 games due to a knee injury he suffered in Columbus on Oct. 29. He returned to the line-up with only four games remaining in the regular season and finished with eight points (three goals, five assists).
In the 2008 playoffs, Clowe finished tied for the teams goal scoring lead (five) and his nine points was ranked second on the Sharks.
Clowe was an absolute monster in the playoffs, especially in the opening-round series against Calgary, scoring eight points and four goals in the seven-game series. It left many Flames fans wondering, “Who the hell was THAT guy?”
Next year, the whole league might find out.