The first season Ryane Clowe was healthy and good enough to play in at least 60 games was 2008-09. The San Jose Sharks won the President's Trophy that season, and with 22 goals and 30 assists in 71 games, Clowe looked like a big piece of the team's future moving forward.
Now the Sharks seem headed in the wrong direction, and general manager Doug Wilson has to know they need a fundamental shift. Clowe may well be the player least most to be moved to make that happen.
For one thing, he is in the last year of a contract with a cap hit of $3,625,000, so his future with the team is unknown. At 29, he is young enough to be part of a team's future and veteran enough to help a team looking to win right now (like the Sharks, perhaps?).
But should San Jose really decide that Clowe is expendable? Any good, objective analysis has to be cold-blooded, so we should determine his value by looking at the good, bad and ugly truth about Clowe...