Clowe trade could come soon

Clowe trade could come soon
March 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
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SAN JOSE – The Sharks appear to be moving closer towards trading left wing Ryane Clowe.

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.” The Bruins offered a first round pick and prospects Matt Bartkowski and Alexander Khokhlachev to Calgary for Iginla, but the future All-Star chose to go to Pittsburgh instead.

The Bruins, who were concerned about Clowe’s shoulder injury that recently kept him out for four games, have been scouting the Sharks heavily in recent weeks.

In 27 games this season, the 6-foot-2-inch, 225 pound Clowe has no goals and 11 assists and a team-high 77 penalty minutes. Clowe has the most shots (62) of any NHL player who has yet to register a goal this season.

Clowe is in the final year of a four-year, $14.5 million contract, and is due to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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While the Sharks already dealt free-agent-to-be Douglas Murray and could trade Clowe, as well, one guy they’d like to keep around is defenseman Matt Irwin.

Irwin, 25, is also set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He said on Thursday he’s keeping his focus on the ice, though.

“I’m just kind of worried about hockey now, and trying to establish myself as a player in this league,” Irwin said. “If something happens, it happens, but I’m not too worried about it at this point.”

The rookie Irwin has found a home on the Sharks' blue line. In 24 games, he has five goals and four assists for nine points and just four penalty minutes.

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The Sharks will announce shortly that they have recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from their AHL affiliate in Worcester. Tennyson will take the place vacated by Jason Demers, who was hurt against the Detroit Red Wings, possibly from a hit to the head from Cory Emmerton.

Tennyson, a native of Minneapolis, became the first former Jr. Shark to sign a pro contract with the club when he agreed to an entry-level deal on March 29, 2012.

In 60 games with Worcester this season, the 6-2, 205-pound Tennyson has five goals and 22 assists for 27 points and 44 penalty minutes. He attended Sharks training camp in January.

Whether he plays will be contingent upon the severity of Demers’ injury, and if the Sharks prefer Brent Burns to play forward or defense. Burns was set to play defense on Saturday against Phoenix after playing the previous nine games as a forward.