New Jersey Devils: Ryane Clowe practices with team for first time since suffering concussion

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Forward Ryane Clowe took part in the New Jersey Devils morning skate today after missing a lengthy period of time with a concussion. The power-forward signed a five-year deal worth $24.25 million with the Devils last offseason. Since signing, Clowe has only suited up in six contests.

According to Tom Gulitti of The Record, Clowe’s recent concussion injury is the second one he has suffered in the last year:

Clowe was very clear to use the word “concussion” while describing his injury to Gulitti. Often, terms such as, “head injury” or “upper body injury” are used with media, however, with Clowe there is no beating around the bush about what ails him.

The Devils are in the midst of a battle with consistency that sees them sitting 11th in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite rostering two of the best goalies in the NHL, wins have not come easy to the Devils, and a large reason for that is the club’s lack of scoring. Clowe’s ability to pitch in offensively is missed. Only the Philadelphia Flyers and lowly Buffalo Sabres have scored less goals than the Devils this season.

Clowe’s return date to the Devils lineup is unknown at this time, however, there are positive signs implying that he could be back in the near future. He told Gulitti that he has been symptom free for a couple of weeks: