Likely prelude to a trade; Flyers work hard to get him
Ryane Clowe was a healthy scratch Monday night as trade talk surrounding the San Jose Sharks forward got hotter as the National Hockey League’s trade deadline got closer.
A number of teams, including the Vancouver Canucks, the Sharks’ opponents Monday in San Jose, were said to be interested in acquiring the services of the Fermeuse-born, Mount Pearl-raised Clowe. However, earlier in the day, sources told Telegram Sports Editor Robin Short the Philadelphia Flyers had moved to the front of the line and had worked out a new contract with Clowe, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
That contract would be tentative on the Flyers and Sharks working out a trade for the 30-year-old right-winger. The NHL trade deadline is 4:30 p.m. NT Wednesday.
The Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers were also said to be interested in Clowe, who is in the final year of a deal that pays him a pro-rated $3.625 million this season.
Clowe broke in with the Sharks in 2005-06, and has 423 career NHL games under his belt. Twice he has hit the 20-goal mark, and finished with 19 in 2009-10. He has 567 career NHL penalty minutes.
This season, Clowe has no goals, 11 assists and a team-leading 79 penalty minutes for San Jose.
While no deal involving Clowe had been made before The Telegram’s Monday-night deadline, the Sharks did make a trade Monday afternoon, sending centre Michal Handzus to the Chicago Blackhawks for a fourth-round draft pick.
Bouwmeester to Blues
The day’s biggest deal saw Calgary Flames ship defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Flames acquired a first-round pick and two prospects — defenceman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra.
If St. Louis does not qualify for this year’s playoffs, the Flames will receive St. Louis’ fourth-round selection in the 2013 draft, with the first-round pick being deferred to 2014.
The move comes after Calgary started a rebuild by trading captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh last week.
Bouwmeester, who has an annual cap hit of US$6.68 million through to the end of next season, has six goals and nine assists in 33 games in 2013.
The six-foot-four, 212-pound blue-liner joined Calgary in 2009 after being drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers in 2002.
Bouwmeester has 71 goals and 229 assists Monday in 10 seasons with the Flames and Panthers.
Regehr trade opens up roster spot
on Sabres for Luke Adam
Another veteran rearguard on the move Monday was Robyn Regehr, traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for two second-round draft picks.
In 29 games with the Sabres this season, Regehr had two assist and a minus-four rating. He is in the final year of a five-year, $20.1 million contract.
Regehr has played 932 career games over 13 NHL season with the Sabres and Calgary Flames, registering 30 goals and 140 assists with 879 penalty minutes.
With a roster spot open in Buffalo and with increasing trade talk surrounding Sabres veteran forward Jason Pominville, the team called up Kilbride native Luke Adam from the Rochester Americans, their AHL affiliate.
The 23-year-old Adam hasn’t played in the NHL in more than a year. He had started the 2011-12 campaign in Buffalo, appearing in 52 games for the Sabres, scoring 10 goals and adding 10 assists. In January, he was assigned to Rochester, where he’s been ever since.
In 64 games with the Amerks this season, the six-foot-two, 205-pound foward has 14 goals and 18 assists.
Adam becomes the second Newfoundlander on the Sabres, joining defenceman and Bonavista native Adam Pardy, who appears set to be a beneficiary — at least in terms of ice time — of the trade of Regehr and of fellow blueliner Jordan Leopold earlier this week.