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from Louis-Andre Lariviere of TVA Sports (translated with a little editing by me),
Kent Hughes, Clowe's agent
officer, told the TVA Sports asthe Sharks try to exchange the attacker. Namely if the trade transactioncan occur as early as Monday night, given the withdrawal of Clowe from tonight's game training, Hughes responded that it is a precaution. "A match before the trade deadline (Wednesday, Ed), Sharks prefer not to run the risk, he said. They want to share. Difficult to say whether it will (Monday) or if it will wait until the deadline. "
However, he indicated that Clowe lift its no-trade clause provided to join a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup and who would be interested to give him a new contract in the summer.
"Without doubt, these are the two key factors," said Hughes.
read on (translated)
"If you look at it, I figure I probably play my best hockey down the stretch and into the playoffs so that's probably what teams are looking for. You look at it the other way, wow, this guy has no goals this year. It's kind of funny teams want him. But overall, I think you look at the body of work over the last four or five years and I like to think I've been pretty consistent."
-Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks after practice today Rumors are circulationg numerous teams are interested in his services. Read more on Clowe by David Pollak at the Mercury News.
from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,
A source has informed CSNCalifornia.com that the Sharks have approached Clowe’s agent about the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause, and a deal could happen as soon as Sunday.
Boston, Montreal and the New York Rangers appear to be the most likely destinations. Sharks director of pro scouting John Ferguson, Jr. was in Philadelphia for the Bruins-Flyers game on Saturday afternoon. He flew to Montreal for the Canadiens-Rangers game later that day, according to RDS’ Ren Lavoie.
Ferguson also attended the Bruins’ home game with Montreal on Wednesday.
The Bruins are searching for other options up front after losing out on Jarome Iginla. According to an ESPN report, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson would like “a first round pick and another young asset.”
Nice shorthanded goal by Tommy Wingels to put the Sharks up 4-0 over the Ducks, but watch Corey Perry with a needless shot to Dan Boyle who was following the play.
No penalty on the play but Boyle and Perry did go at it soon after this goal.
added 8:58am, added video of the tussle between the two below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Clowe has a full no-trade clause. The San Jose Sharks have to run this thing by him in order to get a deal done.
Which means if, for whatever reason, Clowe doesn’t believe a certain team is a good fit, he can nix it. Although, in the same vein, Sharks GM Doug Wilson did well by Douglas Murray in the move to Pittsburgh, the sense is that Wilson and Clowe have a good line of communication on what’s transpiring.
A solid playoff performance on a top contender would augment Clowe’s UFA market value this summer, so he’s not against a trade if it makes sense for him.
Of interest is where Montreal fits into all this. Boston is tracking Clowe, among other players on its short list, as a possibility in case it strikes out on Jarome Iginla.
Clowe, though, is exactly what the Habs need, a power forward to complement the skill they have up front.
read on for more teams interested in Clowe plus other trade deadline topics...
"This doesn’t take away our goal of trying to make the playoffs this year. We have high expectations for our group and we’re not going to diminish those even as we go into a reset and refresh mode."
- Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks after trading Douglas Murray today. Much more on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
added 1:28pm, Follow this post at The Confluence at KK for additional details.
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea writes the San Jose Sharks have three options leading up to the trade deadline. Stay the course, make minor tweaks or...
Blow it up now – The party’s over. The Sharks’ window has closed, and although the Thornton-Marleau years were productive and exciting, they’ve proven that they simply can’t get over that final hump a hoist the Stanley Cup in front of the HP Pavilion faithful. No-trade clauses aside, It’s time to move on from the current captain and the franchise’s all-time scorer, both of whom would fetch an enormous price from a team that is trying to get that one final piece. How many teams would love to have Thornton as a second-line center and on the power play, without him being burdened by wearing the C; or Marleau providing that extra speed and scoring ability in a top-six role? Moving both Thornton and Marleau would also pave the way to make emerging star Couture the next captain, a role in which he would embrace and thrive....
more on each option...
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
I did attempt to find out what Hasso Plattner has been thinking since he became the de facto head of the Sharks ownership group back on Jan. 30 when the team was 6-0-0. Plattner said at the time that he would not be talking directly to the media, that all hockey questions should be directed to Doug Wilson, all business questions to Malcolm Bordelon. Same policy as his predecessors, Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos.
Still, things have reached the point where the questions of accountability include the general manager, no? And I’m not going to ask Doug Wilson about Doug Wilson’s performance. so I reached out to Plattner. We exchanged emails....
Plattner acknowledged Monday that “the facts are the facts” as far as the team’s wins and losses, but declined to comment beyond that. Asked about accountability for players, coaches and the general manager, he again said all questions should be directed to Wilson.
Wilson, by the way, heads to Toronto on Tuesday for the NHL general manager’s meeting. He has indicated that the team remains committed to a “reset and refresh” approach to its roster that keeps the Sharks in playoff contention every year rather than a total overhaul that could mean missing the post-season for an extended period. The extent of any roster changes and whether they would come before the April 3 trade deadline likely would depend on what he sees from the team over the next two weeks.
more on the Sharks...
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