The St. John's (Newfoundland) Telegram reported Monday morning that Clowe would be a Flyer by the end of the day -- that a deal is already worked out and that the two sides have even worked out a contract extension for the forward who will be a UFA on July 1. I have no idea whether or not that report should be taken seriously, but Clowe is a Newfoundland native, so it could make sense that a local paper up there has a scoop.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun was less direct but also reported that Clowe could be traded Monday and that the Flyers have talked with San Jose about a potential trade. Clowe has a no-trade clause and would need to waive it to come here.
The oddest part about a potential Clowe acquisition is that it would solve none of the Flyers' problems. We know the issues lie on defense, and Ryane Clowe is not a defenseman. Even worse, he's been pretty awful lately. SB Nation's Sharks blog, Fear The Fin, provided a scouting report to our Canadiens blog, Eyes On The Prize. Here's a snippet:
Over the past season and change, that part of his game [physical play along the boards] has rarely shone through and he's been an utter liability at even-strength when not attached at the hip to Logan Couture. Even at his best, he never truly had the puck skills to drive play through the neutral zone or the hockey sense to trigger clean exits out of the defensive end, with superior linemates like Joe Pavelski and Couture routinely expected to mask his deficiencies.
Despite his goal total, I think he could be a reasonable addition to a sheltered scoring line when pucks finally start going in for him but Clowe is no longer the fearsome power forward interested teams may assume they're acquiring.
Given that bleak outlook and the fact that he provides literally nothing that could solve the Flyers core issues, I'm not sure giving up assets to get Clowe is a good idea. But since Paul Holmgren liked the guy four years ago, it wouldn't shock me that the Flyers are interested, nor would it shock me if he actually does land here.
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