Bruins among many suitors for Sharks' Clowe

Bruins among many suitors for Sharks' Clowe
April 1, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Ryane Clowe seems to be on the verge of waiving his no-trade clause even though he has yet to find the back of the net this season.

(USA Today Sports)

It appears, based on reports out of CSN Bay Area by Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz, that 30-year-old gritty winger Ryane Clowe is going to get traded on Monday.

Amazingly the Flyers, Canadiens, Wild and at least one or two other teams appear to be interested in Clowe’s services despite the down season. A source indicated to that the Bruins are indeed still in on the Clowe trade talks on Monday afternoon, but the high asking price is currently serving as an impediment to him coming to Boston.

There’s also the "no movement clause" for Clowe, which we’ve all learned can suddenly be problematic when everyone assumes that a deal has been finalized.

Clowe has struggled mightily this season for San Jose and has scored zero goals in 28 games for the Sharks.

Worse still, scouting reports on the big right winger haven’t been all that encouraging coming out of San Jose this year. He missed four games with a shoulder issue and it’s appeared to hamper his play all season, and factored into his lack of goal scoring after Clowe averaged 20 goals over each of the last four seasons.

“He seems to be protecting his shoulder rather than protecting the puck when guys come up to hit him,” said one pair of eyes that’s watched Clowe on the West Coast. “For a guy whose game has always been about being strong on the walls and puck protection, that’s a big concern.”

On the other hand, Clowe is still is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound power forward that’s managed 11 assists on the season and can provide toughness and willingness to put his large frame in front of the net. At just 30 years old, he could also potentially revert back to the player that averaged 20 goals per season over the previous four years once the shoulder issue has been resolved.

Even in a compromised state, the San Jose Sharks winger would be a major upgrade over Jay Pandolfo on the third line, and could pair with a healthy Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley to give the Bruins a legitimate offensive threat beyond their top six forwards in the playoffs. So the attraction from Boston to Clowe is obvious, and he is clearly a Boston Bruins-type player when healthy.  

But the Sharks are said to be seeking a first-round pick and a prospect for the struggling rental player, and that’s a price that doesn’t seem realistic for any team to pay given his performance this season.

There have been persistent rumors Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross has been linked to the Bruins in trade talks, and the rugged 30-year-old Calgary right wing would be a nice consolation prize after losing out on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes. Perhaps there’s an alternative deal to be made for Glencross and Jay Bouwmeester to kill two birds with one stone at the trade deadline, but the names are running out quickly with so few teams in “for sale” mode in this 48-game shortened regular season.