The NHL trade is already less than a month away in this shortened season, and the rumor machine is churning out names and teams.
Right now, the hot topic around the league seems to be Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, who is drawing interest from the Bruins and Canadiens.
Kevin Kurz of CSN claims that many Eastern Conference scouts were at a recent Sharks game, and that Boston was believed to be looking at Clowe.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Montreal is looking at a Clowe-type player; in other words, a gritty, top-six forward.
Perhaps a change of scenery could be better for Clowe, who has not scored in 20 games this season. He has six assists, 70 penalty minutes, and a -4 plus-minus rating.
He was also suspended two games last month for coming off the bench to engage in an altercation with the Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw.
Clowe has been a consistent force in the lineup since the 2008-2009 season (he averages over 20 goals per season), but has not found a way to get it together this year.