The Rangers were one of several teams interested in acquiring Sharks LW Ryane Clowe, 30, an upcoming unrestricted free agent with a salary-cap hit of $3.625 million and who must waive his no-trade clause.

Clowe had a career-high 62 points in 2010-11 but had no goals and 11 assists in his first 28 games for the Sharks this season. While the Rangers envision Clowe as a playoff-stretch rental, the Flyers, Wild and Bruins are among other teams reportedly interested in offering him a new deal.

The Sharks scratched Clowe Monday, indicating a trade was imminent.

Minor plans

Rookie Chris Kreider played just 3:23 — with the last of his five shifts coming at 7:22 of the second period and fellow rookie J.T. Miller was a minus-2 in 7:08, last seeing the ice at 14:04 of the second period.

Coach John Tortorella hinted returning them to Connecticut (AHL) is a possibility.

In the box

LW Mats Zuccarello had two high-sticking penalties and was penalized for closing his hand on the puck in the second period. Zuccarello, who spent most of this season in the KHL, was not familiar with the new NHL rule on placing a glove over the puck in the offensive zone.