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Trade Bait: Ryane Clowe

Mar 25, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Despite having a down year — just nine points through 25 games, with zero goals — San Jose’s Ryane Clowe is on a number of wish lists.

The 30-year-old’s career body of work has put him in demand. He’s scored 20 goals twice and 15 or more five times. He’s big (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) and plays with a nasty streak, twice racking up over 100 PIM in a season.

He also has a wealth of playoff experience. Clowe appeared in back-to-back Western Conference finals with the Sharks, including a tremendous 2011 run when he scored 15 points in 17 games and led the club in powerplay goals.

Throw in the fact he’s a pending UFA (his four year, $14.5 million deal expires this summer) and Clowe knows he’s a target for teams looking to make a playoff push.

“I hear it, like everyone else,” Clowe told CSN Bay Area. “I don’t pay too much attention to it.

“I understand things happen, but I would obviously like to stay here, too, and see this through. I haven’t had the year I’ve wanted, but that’s not affecting me, the trade rumors.”

Clowe isn’t the only piece of this trade rumor. There’s also his general manager.

After shipping out defenseman Douglas Murray, Sharks GM Doug Wilson admitted his phone has been busy and that he was accepting all calls, looking to take advantage of a trade market that was thin on sellers but heavy on buyers.

“If you’re decisive in your decisions,” Wilson said, “you can get full value.”

As for who’s interested in Clowe?

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty notes that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has always had a “fondness” for Clowe, and Boston is in need of forward depth after the injury to Chris Kelly and ineffectiveness of Rich Peverley (who was a healthy scratch last week).

Toronto could be another team that’s in play. Clowe’s rough-and-tumble style would play well on a team that leads the NHL in fighting majors (33) this season and would relish added postseason experience.

Edmonton’s not exactly in a playoff chase, but has been linked to Clowe. The Oilers have been on the hunt for a big, physical winger for what feels like forever and will have some money coming off the books in Ryan Whitney ($4 million), Nikolai Khabibulin ($3.75), Andy Sutton ($1.75) this summer, and could consider using a buyout on captain Shawn Horcoff ($5.5 million).

Clowe could be a guy they target not as a rental, but someone to sign to term.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Wilson needs to keep clowe. One bad year does not mean its time to abandon ship. There is a reason teams are asking about Boyle, Clowe and Murray. Its because the sharks have plenty of talent.

    Maybe it is time to take a new approach with coaching to get it back the way it was. Instead of trading all the players away, fire Tmac and bring in Ruff.

    • sjawesome - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Abandon ship! This is a fire sale! Everyone must go! Goodbye clowe

    • sjsblitz - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      hes been off for the last 2 1/2 seasons. Leads team in giveaways/PIM/and has 0 goals. Love his spirit but he’s gotta go

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Hell no, you have no idea mate do you!

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    He’s had his chance, get rid of him! What does he bring to the table for the sharks on his salary? 0 goals, ridiculous penalties and not to mention he is a turnover machine ! Trade him for a couple of depth players.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Send him with Havlat, Burish, Hanszus. Hell, trade the whole team

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    So the whole team is bad, but thats still not the coaches fault?

    The only reason i say fire T Mac and bring in Ruff is because look what Bruce has done for the Ducks. Everyone thought he was a terrible coach for the caps, they were wrong. Everyone thought Ruff was the problem in Buffalo, again they were wrong.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      B1tch please, clearly you still have a lot to learn about hockey

    • stakex - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Who ever thought he was terrible as coach of the Caps?

  6. norcalsportsknowledge - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Without Clowe and Murray the sharks will be an incredibly soft team with no chance in the playoffs if they make. Wilson builds teams that are too soft and do good in the regular season, but not the playoffs. If sharks don’t re-sign these players then it’s a bad idea to trade these players.

  7. gamechanger87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    If Shero wanted this guy he wuld get him by dangling out a no-name player or two. He must not be a gamechanger, which is required to play in PGH. I doubt the Pens lose another game this season now. Basically an unstoppable force.

  8. norcalsportsknowledge - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Ethan is your favorite player Patty? You seem like a Patty fan.

  9. norcalsportsknowledge - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Clowe brings toughness, something you need in playoff hockey. Obvious you don’t know much about hockey.

  10. sjsharks66 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    @stake

    You don’t get fired when people think you are a great coach. Who thought he was bad? I don’t know, maybe all the articles and intermission reports talking about him leaving and not getting the caps far in offseason?

  11. bouchez9393 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Montreal needs this man. Go get him Habs, get bigger and tougher for the playoffs!

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