Talk about the perfect combination for indifference. A player - that was an active participant for about 5% of his long term contract - meeting an 'eye in the sky' role as an assistant coach just doesn't really move the needle. Don't get me wrong. I liked Ryan Clowe before a magnetism towards head injuries unfortunately cost him his playing career. Hell, I still like Ryan Clowe and I am glad he gets to continue to stay around the game after getting a job within the organization. It's just that I can't seem to feel all that passionate about it either way. If I could assign a representative action for the facial expression I made when I learned of this news I think it would be an artificial clap. Maybe a slight head nod accompanied by an utterance of the word "hmm"? Whatever the case may be, it wasn't a overly emotional reaction.
The good news is that the last year has given me enough trust in Ray Shero and John Hynes to believe that this is a move that benefits the team. Not that loyalty is ever a bad thing, but Lou Lamoriello certainly had Devils fans questioning whether or not it was better in moderation with some of the re-acquisitions he made toward the end of his tenure in New Jersey. I would be far more cautious to embrace this move if it hadn't been made by someone that showed they have no problem cutting the deepest of ties by letting Scott Stevens walk away from what proved to be an extremely effective coaching staff. Apparently the guys that have already done a hell of a job turning this team around think Ryan Clowe is an asset off the rink, and that means that I do too.