Ryane Clowe certainly is not going to solve all of the Boston Bruins' problems, but the 6’2″, 225-pound forward would still be a solid addition.
This move also isn't likely to get Bruins fans doing cartwheels. After all, this is a fanbase still coming to grips on missing out on Jarome Iginla.
However, it might be time for the Bruins fans to warm up to the idea because there is a good chance he could be headed to Boston.
Not written in stone but possible a Clowe trade goes down today...Clowe camp and Sharks on same page as far as teams in mix. Clowe has NTC— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 1, 2013
Among teams that I believe have at least talked to SJ are Flyers, Wild, Canucks, Habs, Rangers, Bruins... and believe there are more...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 1, 2013
This certainly doesn't indicate that the Bruins are a lock to land Clowe. However, it appears the team is serious in their interest.
ESPN's James Murphy reported that the Bruins “have scouted heavily and have interest in" Clowe.
The reason the addition of Clowe wouldn't generate a lot of excitement is pretty clear and completely reasonable. In 28 games for the Sharks this year, he has yet to score a single goal.
He does have 11 assists, but still, the fact he hasn't mustered a few goals for himself is alarming.
However, we are talking about a 30-year-old who has averaged 20 goals a season over the previous four seasons. This makes taking a flyer on him rejuvenating his career with a switch in teams a worthy gamble.
Also, the Bruins are getting desperate for forward depth. The forwards in Boston's third and fourth lines have totaled just 18 goals this season. This is a shocking turnaround from the depth of scoring the Bruins received last year.
Also, this thin group recently got even thinner when Chris Kelly broke his leg.
This move certainly wouldn't be any kind of long-term solution for Boston, and his contract is up at the end of the year.
However, Clowe is a nice addition in a spot of need in a market that is shrinking by the moment.