The San Jose Sharks started the season hotter than a pistol, winning their first seven games and making an early statement that they could in fact be a force to reckoned with this season. Considered to be their last chance that the aging group of veterans have to win a Stanley Cup, the Sharks showed the early promise that this would be their year. But as quickly as the game of hockey can give, it can take away as evidenced by the Sharks seven game losing streak. The club now finds themselves in a comfortable spot in fifth in the conference, but are just two points up on the tenth place Minnesota Wild.
Lost amid all the Sharks inconsistencies is the fact that forward Ryan Clowe hasn’t scored a goal yet this year through the first 20 games. A rugged left winger, Clowe has averaged 20 goals per season over the past four years and now the question is being raised if the 30-year old would be the beneficiary of a trade and a change of scenery so to speak.
Kevin Kurz, a San Jose Sharks Insider for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area/California made mention on Twitter that there were an abundance of Eastern Conference scouts in attendance for the Sharks game in Vancouver on Tuesday night. Kurz goes on to say that the belief is that many were there to scout Ryan Clowe who’s name has come up as potential trade bait for the Sharks, given his ice cold struggles this season.
Kurz takes it one step further by saying the Boston Bruins were one of those teams in attendance and that the rumblings he’s’ hearing has the Bruins as interested party in Clowe.
Clowe would be a natural fit in Boston with his rugged style of play. A large presence at 6’2″ and 225 pounds, Clowe would further add to a Bruins team that can beat up their opponents by wearing them down along the boards and in the corners.
While it’s not certain as to what the Bruins would offer, if in fact they are interested in Clowe, the reaction on Twitter to Kurz’s tweet was that the fans would like to see Chris Kelly come to San Jose.
Rich Peverley was also mentioned, but again, this is merely speculation from the Sharks fans on who they’d like to see the club acquire for the struggling Clowe who becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer; another reason why the Sharks may want to move him.
Given the Bruins just resigned Kelly to an extension, swapping him for a potential UFA likely wouldn’t sit well with the Bruins.
More on this story as it develops.
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