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Clowe might see diminished role with Sharks upon return

Feb 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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During the weekend, Ryane Clowe faced a grim situation: his already-rough 2013 season might be greatly impacted by a 10-game suspension. He must be relieved that he only received a two-game punishment, but it sounds like San Jose Sharks fans will still see a little less of him.

That’s because he might not return to the lineup as a top-six forward.

Head coach Todd McLellan explained his reasoning to the Mercury News.

“I don’t think Ryane Clowe should lose his top six role because of a suspension when he got involved to defend a teammate,” McLellan said. “But with that being said, we liked how the lines have been playing up front, creating more scoring opportunities. So we have to do what’s right for the team.”

Beyond simple things like “actually score goals,” the Sharks head coach explained what Clowe, 30, needs to do to regain his place.

“When Clowe comes back, we’ve really stressed his foot speed and keeping his feet moving and using his overall size to drive the net rather than always playing around the boards,” McLellan said. “If he’s going to play well, he’s going to work on that part of his game. But he’s a huge part of our organization.”

With his contract set to expire, he’ll need to finish 2013 in a strong way to avoid being a part of a different organization.

  1. killerpgh - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the Penguins top 6. He probably will fall in that 3-4 million per year range and if the Penguins don’t resign Kennedy his price could fit under next years cap. Clowe is usually good for around 20 goals/50+ points and about 10 fights a year. Playing the style he does and being 30 years old he is on the down hill side of his career, but should still have a few productive years lefts. I think the gamble would be worth it on a trade this year and the potential of resigning him.

  2. penguins2946 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I see him as Kunitz 2.0. I’d love him on the Pens, it gives Malkin a legit winger and it allows Bennett to move to Sid’s line. I could see him re-signing for about $3.5 million a year as well. My question is what would be a fair return for him? Maybe TK and a 2nd or something like that?

    • sjawesome - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      I would love to have that trade. Clowe is nothing more than a glorified goon

      • supr49er - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Tough Guy =/= Goon.

      • sjawesome - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Look at his PIM this season in comparison to his goals and assists. He’s a goon

  3. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Hate seeing this. Clowe has had a rough 2 years. I believe he still has it in him though. Sharks are grinders, was that not the point of him playing the boards. Looks like T Mac is making excuses in fear of losing his job.

  4. finfan88shark - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Doug Wilson does not make trades with Pittsburg. He prefers teams in the Southeast. Also not sure that Pitt has the type of player Wilson likes: Old,Slow,injury prone, soft 4th line grinder. Good at face offs but has no scoring ability.

  5. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Glorified goon? You are kidding me, right? Someone who sticks up for their teammates is not a goon. Especially someone who would score 17+ goals a year.

    • sjawesome - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Really? He had one awesome season and one above average season. Yes he sticks up for teammates, but he does not perform on the ice. Clowe will bring the puck in the zone, do a button hook and turn the puck over. Watch a game and maybe you will have a more intelligent comment

    • elvispocomo - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Ooooh! Shark on Shark violence!

  6. pandorasdadca - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    This kinda hurts a little. Clowe has been a good player for the Sharks for a while, but his numbers were off last year and this year he’s piling dumb decision upon dumb decision. And not scoring. I get that the Sharks really don’t have a true enforcer, but if that’s the role you want to play, at least be a little smarter about it.

  7. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Ooh, Matt Cullen for Clowe! The Wild could always use another Sharks castoff.

  8. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Sj,

    Thats why i said he has had a bad 2 years. One good season? Look at his stats. 17+ goals and 30+ assists a year. I would dare to call him the Lucic of the west. They can score and fight. Every team needs a player like that, the sharks have theirs.

    You act like clowe is the only one turning the puck over. What about burns and boyle? They’re doing the exact same thing. Thats why it is time for a coaching change. Everyone is tired of watching the dump and change.

    • sjawesome - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Yes I know the entire team is very inconsistent right now (minus niemi) but I don’t trust clowe with the puck carrying into the offensive zone. If he ever got his feet moving and was down below the goal line he can be decent on the boards. However this season clowe has been ineffective in the offensive zone. As for burns turning the puck over he is obviously still hurt and so I will cut him a break. And yes Boyle turns the puck over quite a bit through the neutral zone but his offensive ability in the zone is fantastic.

      I think the sharks need something to shake up the lineup right now. Now if that is a coaching change or a trade is yet to be determined (I personally think Doug Wilson has lost it). The sharks need to correct themselves and they need to do it quickly. It’s getting pretty hard to watch sharks hockey right now

  9. thewaytonever - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I like Clowe but ultimately we need to start looking at overhauling this lineup. Clowe, Boyle, and Murray need to go. I like the physical play of Clowe and Murray but you have to put the puck in the net. Boyle drives me crazy with his horrid passing and his silly fake slap shot he does on every powerplay.

  10. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Sj,

    I agree with you for the most part. I love burns playing, i agree he is still hurt. Boyle is great on the power play, although he needs to shoot more. His offensive skills once in the zone are great as well.

    Wilson has defiantly lost it. The adam burish signing was a joke. Seems like a great guy, he has not performed well though. The fact he traded mcginn for winnik and galliardi, then let winnik walk was a mistake.

    At this point i do not know who to blame. Wilson, T Mac or the players. It is rough in San Jose right now.

    • sjawesome - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Agreed. That McGinn trade is going to haunt us for years. In my opinion McGinn was a much better version of Ryan clowe. McGinn is actually developing into a 2nd line forward.

      If the sharks don’t turn it around soon they are going to have to trade away some big first liners. At this point I think the only safe player on the sharks is couture

  11. thewaytonever - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    I would also say Pavs, Jumbo, and Nemo are safe. We do need a trade to shake things up or to give some of the guys from the AHL a shot. Stalberg, Sena and maybe McCarthy could stir things up

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