He notes that the Rangers would love to keep Clowe but their lack of salary cap space and keeping Brad Richards for this season has erased almost any chance of that.
Frank Provenzano, who spent the past six seasons as an assistant GM with Dallas, writes at ESPN that Clowe is one of the riskier free agents on the market because of his up and down season and that because of his past history as an effective player, he may be seeking more money than the contract Bryan Bickell (4 years and $16 million) just signed.
The Rangers have spent the past few days trying to trade the negotiating rights to Clowe.
Clowe, when he was being traded by San Jose, was reportedly looking for an eight year contract in the range of $34 million.
He suffered two concussions during his time with the Rangers but has been cleared by the doctors.
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