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02-22-2013, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by hockeyball View Post
Except that Clowe not only isn't scoring, he's got brutal advanced stats as well. Clowe is absolutely doing more harm than good when he is on the ice. Havlat is the opposite, while he's not scoring goals, he is putting up very solid advanced stats and pushing the play in the right direction when he is on the ice. I'd take Havlat every day of the week over Clowe, even at his price.
I honestly see something in the middle happening - I can see a scenario of Clowe signing for one year as a way to benefit both the Sharks and him .... if he really wants to stay here. Otherwise, he'll go for his pay day.

I don't necessarily see signs that he'd want to bolt - he still gets his ice time - 2nd line and PP, gets to occasionally play on the 1st line when they juggle.

The thought of actually signing a free agent 2nd liner this offseason still gives me doubts - we NEVER sign free agents of note unless they are already on our team.

...and who would we target? S Gagne? Horton? Ryder? McArthur? Filppula? Raymond? Weiss? Higgins?

In that list, I don't see us signing Horton, Filppula, and don't want Gagne. I don't think Raymond can fill a true 2nd line role - but the prospect of that being available to him may actually attract him. Same can be said for Higgins.

Ultimately, given our track record with FA signings, I'd simply rather sign Clowe for one more season, give someone like Hertl some more time to develop, as well as any other prospects, and go from there.

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