The San Jose Sharks haven’t exactly announced that they’re blowing it all up and starting a rebuild, but they’re going to be very active heading into the trade deadline.
It’s not a firesale and they’re not entering a full-scale rebuild, but a few veterans are going to find their way out. One of those veterans is going to be Ryane Clowe.
Clowe is having one of the worst offensive stretches of his career, with not a single goal in 25 games this season. He does have nine assists on the year, though minus-7 isn’t exactly anything to get excited about.
Regardless of whether or not Clowe is having a strong offensive season, he’s going to be an easy guy to move at the trade deadline. And if they wanted to, the Sharks could probably take home a decent haul for him. After all, they got a pair of second round picks for Douglas Murray.
Despite his offensive woes this season, Clowe is a guy who can bring an offensive touch. He’s reached at least 15 goals five times in his career, and the last four years consecutively. He’s also an extremely physical forward, with 61 hits in 25 games on the year. Contending teams are going to want that.
Clowe is also an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. So teams will certainly grab him as a rental. He’d be a very nice compliment for the top six for quite a few contending teams. If the Sharks look to move him, as it almost certainly looks like they will, it shouldn’t be too difficult.