Another update, but still no progress for Ryane Clowe of the New Jersey Devils. General manager Lou Lamoriello spoke to the Bergen Record about the injured forward, who hasn’t played since taking a hit to the head from Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets. Lamoriello said that things are still “status quo” concerning Clowe’s health.
Not only has he not played, but Clowe has yet to be back out on the ice since October 18.
The Devils signed the forward this summer, hoping he could turn things around after a rather forgettable 2013 campaign. They seemed to overlook the fact that the season was forgettable due to not one, not two but three suspected concussions. That didn’t prevent New Jersey from putting a mind-boggling five-year, $24.25 million contract in front of him.
To the surprise of no one, Clowe inked the deal and played in all of six games before sustaining yet another head injury. He’s still working out off the ice and hasn’t backslid, but every week that goes by will make a return to NHL action more and more difficult for the oft-injured forward.
Meanwhile, the Devils seem to be getting things together as a team. They’re 3-5-4, but have won their last two games against the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. This team would be better with a healthy Clowe, but that just doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now.