The San Jose Sharks remained in a playoff spot after last night’s shootout victory in Edmonton over the Oilers but the club can’t afford to rest easy anytime soon. With a log jam in the western conference, the Sharks like so many others are considering their options as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches.
One name that we continue to hear a lot about is Sharks’ forward Ryane Clowe. The rugged winger who is in the final year of his contract picked the worst season to have his biggest slump of his career. Still goalless through twenty-two games with the Sharks have to decide whether to trade him at this year’s deadline, try and re-sign him or risk losing him to free-agency.
We know there are multiple clubs that would love to acquire Clowe even though he has yet to find the back of the net. His gritty style of play and size up front is the exact type of player someone like the Boston Bruins would love to bring in for the playoff push.
But according to Andy Strickland from TrueHockey.com, the asking price for Clowes is a “substantial package” and could make a few teams think twice about pulling the trigger on such a deal.
A source close to the Sharks informs Strickland that even though the 30-year old has struggled and is currently nursing an upper-body injury, clubs that are inquiring on him are finding out that it’ll take a healthy package in return to make a deal happen.
Set to become an unrestricted free-agent, Clowe is likely in for a significant raise whether he re-signs in San Jose or tests the open waters, something that could appeal to the long-time Shark.
Of course if GM Doug Wilson is presented with an above average return then parting ways with Clowe could be done easier than anyone thought.
Strickland also notes that Douglas Murray, a veteran blue-liner could also be moved as teams have been calling about his availability. Set to become an UFA, Murray would appeal to many clubs who are seeking depth on the back end.