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Report: Clowe to Flyers could happen today

Apr 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Sharks winger Ryane Clowe could be traded to the Philadelphia Flyers today, according to a report in the St. John’s (Newfoundland) Telegram.

Clowe, a Newfoundland native, already has a multi-year contract extension negotiated with the Flyers, a source tells the paper.

The 30-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent.’s Sarah Baicker confirms that the Flyers are in on Clowe, but cautions that nothing is done yet.

As for a potential return, one name that’s making the rounds is Sean Couturier. The 20-year-old center is having a tough sophomore season after an excellent rookie campaign.

Despite the speculation, it’s hard to imagine the Flyers would give up Couturier for only Clowe. Philadelphia also has a need for defensemen, which brings Dan Boyle‘s name into the conversation.

Per Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Flyers are having “exploratory talks” for Clowe, as well as Dallas forward Jaromir Jagr and Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

  1. mathieug79 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Unless they re-sign him after the acquistion, I have a hard time seeing why they would do this?

    • mathieug79 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    • jpelle82 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      i dont know either. flyers have enough grit guys…hartnell, rinaldo, simmonds…guys that get under your skin and go a long way in the playoffs. i would think they could get clowe cheap like for a 4th or 5th rd pick but i dont see how he fits in unless to replace talbot. they got that d-man from detroit last week huskins but he is by no means the answer to anything so they havent really addressed that more pressing need. either way the last 2 wins by the flyers put them back in the hunt, i wouldnt be surprised if they made some moves but at what cost is the question…couturier shouldnt go anywhere.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      The Flyer’s have exactly zero dollars left in cap space! Source Cap Geek.
      Writers will write, readers will read.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Idiots will comment on things they don’t know about- yes you are correct but they have yet to put anyone on LTIR which would open up cap space

  2. isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Don’t you dare give up couturier for clowe

  3. broadstbully33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Laughton for clowe is what I’m hearing. Laughton is having a great year in ohl and has shown huge potential at the NHL level so I’m not thrilled with this trade if it happens. I would like to see burns come to Philly tho

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      I don’t want to trade any young talent for forwards, you wanna go get a top defenseman, that’s one thing, another forward…that’s another

  4. therealtrenches - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Just when this promising group of young guys starts playing with purpose, as a *team*, Homer sees a playoff run in the making and wants to start trading the youth away for that elusive missing piece.

    Don’t do it, Homer. Patience is a virtue and the future will smile on you if you hold out. Let these guys have some continuity.

    • 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Dude, patience and Paul Holmgren have never been well-acquainted with each other. Look at the last few offseasons. Imagine how many players will be cut if they miss the playoffs.

    • bigrboland - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      He’ll do it. The dude’s an idiot.

  5. chrisk61 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    couturier is worth keeping due to huge upside. clearly he is having a bad yr, and even at this low point, he has a lot of value in the event the flyers make playoffs and play pens. he can shut down malkin. it is similar to chris therien’s special value of being able to shut down jagr. or in football, eagles CB bobby taylor’s ability to shut down michael irvin. it may be a narrow, limited benefit, but it is huge when the superstar is on a divisional opponent and in particular if teams meet in playoffs.

  6. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I’d be interested to see the structure of this deal – it would seem to be a seller’s-market right now since there’s a lot of teams trying to make a run and significantly fewer who are willing to part with major pieces.

    The Flyguys would be CRAZY to give up Couturier for Clowe, so unless Boyle is coming as well I don’t see that being the move. Couturier is having a rough campaign but the kid can’t even buy beer yet – he’s got a lot of room to run.

  7. yougotgirouxed - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    So they wouldn’t even put Cooter on the table in the offseason when going after Shea Weber but they would trade him for this guy? Cant be true

  8. broadstbully33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Couturier isn’t getting traded. If he does it will be for yandle IMO. Clowe and flyers already have an extension in place if he is traded to Philly. Couturiers value is high even with a terrible year but again he is a player you have to hold onto. And it’s not like he has been in an offensive role under lavy he has been the 3rd line shut down center and has been good this year in that role and great last year. He is 20 you don’t trade a kid like that for a 30 yr old 20 goal guy.

  9. broadstbully33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    A lot of people seem to forget about Noebles, Cousins, an manning they all have huge upside and have been stellar on their respective minor league teams. I have to think noebles and cousin have pretty good trade value and could be used to sweeten any deal.

    • tatdue - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      “Clowe and flyers already have an extension in place if he is traded to Philly” – That the “source” said this to the newspaper shows that this story is not true, because if it is, that is tampering. Also I have to tell you that Cousins, although putting up good numbers, doesn’t have any trade value, and won’t unless he is found to be innocent in his rape case….

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        No, if that’s true that they have an extension in place, it would be due to the flyers telling SJ they need to work out a deal w his agent, if there’s no deal without a contract extension, pretty sure SJ would let the flyers talk to clowe’s agent for a short period of time

  10. chazxcore - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Couturier is having a down year but he is only 20. He can shut down key offensive players and has goal scoring ability. You dont trade that asset away unless its for a star.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      he isnt shutting down anything lately…he is having a terrible season. they’ve invested a lot in him so i doubt they give him up without giving him a few more years to see what he can really do. remember they gave up jeff carter for him – who is tied for 3rd in scoring right now…definitely not worth trading for clowe…or at all IMO.

  11. broadstbully33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    The flyers have close 16 million if coburn talbot mez gross man pronger briere all go on ltir which they all will with gross man probably being the only one probably being able to play again this year. So they could add 3 players if they wanted and still have ltir space. If Philly makes the playoffs I don’t think anyone would want to face them in the first round. This team looks 100% different then they did a weak ago. It seems like the lines are clicking and the D actually looks like an NHL d squad. Luke schenn has been flat out spectacular this year IMO. I’m excited to see what the next 3 days bring but homer has to exercise patience with this young roster and not trade away the future for a fix to sneak into playoffs.

  12. yanmontreal - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Couturier for Clowe would be one the most panic move ever. I saw Couturier in Québec often enough to tell you that this kid have a lot to offer. Go habs go anyway

  13. buffalomafia - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I know this is a reach but what about Ryan Miller to Philly?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      In exchange for who. And by doing so you are saying there’d be a necessary buy-out of Bryz, correct?

  14. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    No! Anyone but Philly! Hockey gods, why?!

  15. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Flyers are over next years cap already, this will add another approx. $3-4M (assuming a re-sign…it would dumb to trade young talent for a guy you aren’t going to sign, especially when another forward isn’t needed), with not much coming off next year. Briere’s as good as bought out, then? This guy’s got no goals, but is a big body. Wondering what need this could possibly fill in Holmgren’s eyes.

    • drwang13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Nobody cares what you think troll, go back to sweating Crosby’s nuts

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Classy….Philly fan, huh.

      • drwang13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        How is that not classy? Everything typed is the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts troll.

  16. broadstbully33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Millers cap is to high. Loungo is a 1 million cheaper hit. And I’m sure buffalo is asking more for miller then vancuver either both goalies would cost to much to acquire I would think

  17. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Philly will just convert him into a goony 4th liner. Sad to see a good career go to waste.

    • ml3939 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      It would be a shame to take him out of that hall of fame factory in San Jose.

  18. broadstbully33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Couturier hasn’t had the points but his defensive play has not fallen off. Here come the pen trolls…

  19. President Charles Logan - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Keep Couturier and trade B Schenn , he’s been useless anwyays

  20. sharksman - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    So now I have to buy a new jersey ?! Clowe hasn’t done much this year and taken some really bad penaltys but still not sure they should be trading him. But look at what they have done since letting Douglas go. Hoping the sharks get it done this year. Just have to get hot in the playoffs.!!!!!

  21. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Man I hope this is not true. I like Clowe but he’s really a poor man’s Scott Hartnell. Do we really need another gritty forward that can’t find the net this season? I know the Flyers like players to have a little sandpaper to their game but we don’t need this! Especially not for a player like Couturier. He’s had a down year, no question, but he’s finally starting to show some life. Why would you trade a 20 yr old two-way forward with 20-goal potential for one who’s 10 years older!? We need defensemen. Even if Boyle would somehow be involved in this blockbuster it’s still not worth it. Boyle is 37 with a $6+ million cap hit. Holmgren has refused to breakup the young core of forwards for the likes of Shea Weber, but now he’ll consider a 30 yr old forward who can’t score and a 37 yr old dman with a huge cap hit!? I just can’t see the logic in this rumor. This is a Bob Clarke-type move, and those NEVER paid off for us.

  22. buffalomafia - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Did anyone hear Briere to Boston rumor?

    • jaredphi - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      I heard that rumor but Danny is now out indefinately with a concussion, so that trade to Boston won’t happen now.

      It is likely he gets bought out this summer though.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      means nothing seeing how he’s probably not going to play another game this year being out with a concussion

  23. jaredphi - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    This is a terrible idea (trading for Clowe).

    Philly – trade for a young, top-two D-man already…such as….I dunno…Yandle.

    That’s the only way I’d support shipping Coots out…only if he was part of a deal for someone like Yandle (and, yes, I realize we’d need to give up much more than just Coots for Yandle).

  24. bricktop02 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Hey sjsharks66 trust us we don’t want him.

  25. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    WTF We could have had Weber for Coots, B. Schenn and picks and now he could be possibly traded for Clowe? Really?

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