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Clowe ‘all-in’ with Sharks until trade happens

Apr 1, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

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Ryan Clowe sees the writing on the wall.

On Monday, the 30-year-old forward — who has spent his entire eight-year career in San Jose — acknowledged he’s likely to be moved by Wednesday’s trade deadline.

But until something becomes official, his focus is on the Sharks.

“I’m still here. I’m still all-in until I’m gone,” Clowe told CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz. “We’ll see what happens.”

Despite having a down year — just 11 points through 28 games, with zero goals — 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.

The Sharks have already spoken with Clowe about waiving his no-trade clause.

“I’m aware of what’s going on. Obviously, anything that happens with me, has to go through me,” Clowe said on Monday morning. “It’s not bad. Maybe a month ago, at times, you let it get to you because as a player, you’re struggling and not playing the way you want to.

“I’ve kind of put that behind me.”

Several teams appear in on Clowe, though Philadelphia, Montreal, Boston, Vancouver and Minnesota look to be the leading suitors.

More teams could get in the mix given Clowe feels he’s playing his best hockey of the year right now, and numbers back it up — he has five points in his last eight games, and recently played over 18 minutes in back-to-back wins over Detroit and Phoenix.

“I think my game is where it needs to be, and good things will start happening,” he explained. “I think I’m playing the best hockey of the season that I’ve played so far, so that’s a good sign.”

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Can’t figure why Boston would be in that hunt? Actually I can’t see why Philthy would be either.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      I pretty much agree but any trade seems to come w a contract extension so I guess if these teams are targeting him in the offseason, would make sense to do it now given the asking price isn’t absurd

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      I think he’d be a way better fit on the 3rd line in Boston than anywhere in Philly. I don’t understand why the Flyers would wanna take on more salary when it’s not a defenseman.

      • withseidelinn - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        Completely agree. In my opinion, their offence is fine, but Holmgren is kind of losing his marbles. The flyers have enough sandpaper and really need to go all in acquiring a true #1 or 2 d man. Nothing else will help that team. Except possible a buyout for a guy that is big on the universe…

    • bouchez9393 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Montreal is a team he would fit in perfectly with. That’s where he has to go. With Clowe, Prust and Moen, to go along with their skilled guys, they would be perfectly built for a playoff run.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        That I’d agree with.

  2. DonkeyStick - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Let me get this straight. The Flyers are going to once again trade a 20 year old prospect for ANOTHER 30 year old 6’2 225 scrapper???? This isn’t the 70’s and 80’s and they don’t need this garbage!!!!

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Really wish Wilson would hold off on trading clowe.

  4. tdrusher225 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    This makes no sense. Why on earth would you trade away a young player like Couturier for a 30 year-old who hasn’t scored a goal? Especially when they have a glaring need on defense and they’re, in all likelihood, not even going to make the playoffs. I don’t understand this.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Clowe for coots rumours are moronic.
    How about coots for clowe and 2 1st round picks? That’s a bit more reasonable in my mind.

    If Philly wants to move coots there has already been speculation for bobby Ryan. Another unhelpful trade but a much much better player.

    If I was the GM of Philly I would pick up Jussi Jokinen (for very cheap since he just cleared waivers, maybe a 7th or 6th round pick) then go for a guy like Keith yandle. After all if we want Jay Bo and seem like the rumour is way over priced for him as well so why not use that package (prob our 1st this year, maybe a 2nd and/or a decent prospect) to bring a much more productive, younger, number 1 D with a smaller cap hit.

    • DonkeyStick - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Deepest draft in over 10 years loaded with D-men. Last time I checked, that is exactly what the Flyers need.

  6. dkphilly1122 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    No way Flyers trade Couturier for Clowe…….Definitely not straight up. I heard Laughton for Clowe, but even than I wouldn’t do that. The Flyers need a stud D man to go with all there young forwards, not an older forward and lose some of our youth. If they were smart they would go after Yandle. If they gotta give anyone good up mind as well get a stud young D man back.

  7. mnwildfan15 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Wild doesn’t need him either what would you trade Butch? Don’t mess with chemistry Chuck, we have a good thing going right now.

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      I agree, besides isn’t that why they picked up Rupp earlier in the season; to get that extra grit. Rupp, along with Mitchell and Konopka who we picked up last summer should be enough, right?

      If the Wild are looking for an extra piece I think they should be looking for a stronger, more experienced D-man. Otherwise- I agree, why mess with something that doesn’t appear to be broken (may have some dings but doesn’t everyone)

  8. nicoyashark - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Love my homie clowe but if we get couturier in a trade that’s A+++.

  9. chrisvegas - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    If Philly trades for him they are idiots. They need to fix the defense and goaltending, not the forwards.

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