Peter Chiarelli lost on Jerome Iginla and has to be desperate to add a piece. When I think Iginla I think scoring and fight. Ryane Clowe, like Iginla, is a tough, prototypical power forward. The evidence for Clowe:
- He is always down for a good Donnybrook – check out some of his work from a couple days ago here.
- He can score – people forget that if he’s paired with a center who can get him the puck this guy can really bulge the twine. Remember those brief periods he played with Joe Thornton and became a legitimate sniping threat? Of course you don’t. Well when it happened he was successful and he averaged over 21 goals a season between 2008-2011. Put him with a good playmaking center in Boston (and the Bruins have plenty), he will be fine.
- He is a leader in the locker room: He already wears an A when the team is on the road. He got offseason coaching training helping out the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls behind the bench. He can help groom the younger guys and would lead by example.
Ryane Clowe possesses a similar his play style is to Wendel Clark (immediately go and watch the All Heart video if you’ve never seen it). He provides less scoring punch but generally possesses the same skill set as Iginla. He gives the Bruins another Milan Lucic-type of player to anchor their second line. A deal for him makes sense.
When the Sharks traded Douglas Murray to the Penguins they announced they’re open for business and are willing to deal players for picks. Chiarelli should be dialing up Doug Wilson now. The Sharks could be sellers as the deadline approaches and Clowe is an underperforming asset who could benefit from a scenery change.