"I'm not talking to anybody because once he is given clearance, there is the matter of the grievance," Barry said by phone from Calgary. "But in the likely scenario that they come to an agreement to hear the case later, one of the first teams we'll contact is the San Jose Sharks"
It would be great to have Owen Nolan back in San Jose. With all the young guys on the team he could pick up some of the leadership role which has been vacant since Damphouse and Ricci left the team!
Bottom line: The Sharks have the Money, Nolan won't ask for too much as he will be willing to show everyone, that he still has everything you need to be an impact player in the league, and he'll be a nice fit characterwise!
As a Leafs fan who's not too happy with the man, I still hope he goes on to have a good end to his career. I like him as a player, but wow, those injury problems of his are far too much for me. I appreciated his time in Toronto, but I'm also glad it came to an end.
As for the medical issues, Nolan visited Dr. Tony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic on Monday and was not medically cleared to play, but that clearance, Barry said, is imminent.
"Owen's (surgically repaired) knee is good, it's strong, there are no problems with the knee," Barry said. "But in order to get medical clearance, he has to strengthen his quadriceps muscles a little bit. It won't take long."
Barry estimated Nolan's medical clearance can be achieved within two weeks. The power forward has been skating for more than a month. Barry said he expects Nolan to be medically cleared and game ready for the NHL by the end of the Olympic break in late February.
Barry says the ideal situation would be for Nolan to "conditionally" sign with an NHL team and begin working out with them, on and off the ice, immediately and that once he's medically cleared and ready to begin playing games, the contract could be firmed up.