If Clowe checks Murray hard into the boards and they get in a fight, who would you guys root for?
I was never too hot on Murray, obviously wish him well though
Originally Posted by White Plains Batman
Thanks for the input everyone. I don't doubt Clowe will contribute and be effective it's just how effective. I know he's been injured this year but sometimes those power forwards begin to break down in their early 30s from the physical game.
One instance that might bring some nostalgia to Sharks fans was in the 1991 Expansion Draft when San Jose selected Tim Kerr and the Rangers traded Brian Mullen for him. Kerr was 31 going on 32 at the time and was basically finished.
I also remember watching Graves here have a decline that kind of just happen overnight and then he was traded to San Jose.
Hopefully he can keep it going and be vintage Clowe. He's gonna get right into it battling Murray and Orpik tomorrow night and then Phaneuf in a few games.
Roy for 2nd and "B"-level prospect
Jagr for conditional 2nd and "C" level and "D" level prospect
Bouwmeester for first, two "D" level prospects
Iginla for a first, and two "B/C" level prospects.
In comparison, the Clowe trade looks great. There is just the idea that DW could have gotten more for him had he dealt him sooner. Maybe Clowe choose NYR (2nd, 3rd, cond) vs Vancouver (1st plus Jensen)...
Not sure if I consider Clowe a top 6 forward anymore.
When he was a hard nosed fighter who was never expected to amount to anything else, he got put on a line with Joe Thornton as an experiment. He actually had better hands with the puck than scouts gave him credit for and JT helped him unlock hidden potential. When and how to get open and make space for yourself and when to have your stick on the ice. More importantly, Clowe learned from JT how to protect the puck with his big body. He started doing these subconsciously and it became a part of his game.
Clowe emerged out of nowhere and people assumed his numbers would drop once he was no longer on the first line. Not only did he continue producing, but he became a key player on any line he was on. And he played with an edge all teams love to have.
Last year, a noticeable difference in his game was apparent. He seemed to have started losing the little lessons he learned playing alongside JT. He was not the same player he had been the past 3 years. Holding his stick too tight. Instead of doing the things subconsciously , he looked like he was having to think about everything a lot of the time.
This year, it seems like he has completely lost it. I am not sure if he can relearn it again. Maybe a change of scenery will help