Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Ryane Clowe, traded from the San Jose Sharks to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, fights Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian in January. The Canucks were pursuing Clowe, the rugged winger, prior to Wednesday's trade deadline.

The Vancouver Canucks were in pursuit of rugged forward Ryane Clowe, however the former San Jose Shark chose to waive his no-trade clause and head to New York.

Clowe, 30, was acquired by the Rangers, although it was reported that the decision ultimately came down to Vancouver and New York.

ESPN New York reported that, in exchange for Clowe, the Sharks get a second and a third-round pick in this year’s NHL draft and a conditional second-round pick in 2014.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, speaking in a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, would not get into specifics of what the Canucks offered the Sharks for Clowe.

“We were in there trying to make a deal,” said Gillis.

“I won’t tell you what the particulars are of that deal. We were in active in the pursuit of it.”

Clowe, who hails from Mount Pearl, N.L., is in the final year of a four-year deal and is a pending unrestricted free agent.

He doesn’t have a goal this season, but had 11 assists in 28 games with the Sharks this season. He also could provide considerable size on the wing. He stands 6’2” and weighs in at 225 pounds.

Gillis said the Canucks spoke with Clowe’s agent, but the opportunity for Clowe to go back to the east coast factored into his decision to choose New York.

“He liked our team, liked the situation,” said Gillis. “But (it) sounds like geography was the dictating feature.”

The Canucks did acquire centre Derek Roy in a trade with the Dallas Stars earlier in the day.

The trade deadline is Wednesday at noon, PT.

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