Wow! What a difference 12 hours make! Last night I came across a blog from one of the Sharks broadcaters, Randy Hahn, that gave some hope that Clowe would be re-siging with the team. Then, I checked out David Pollack's Blog, and he had a quote from Doug Wilson which simply stated "We have an understanding," Wilson said this week of the stalled talks with Clowe, "and we'll have news shortly."
Then, I wake up this morning, flip on my computer, and check out the sites as usual. I just so happened to check Buzz first and see a small note in Eklund's blog saying that Clowe has resigned. After the initial excitement of seeing those words, I felt the need to confirm this further, so I checked the official Sharks site and nothing. Then I went to the best resource I've found, the NHLPA site, and low and behold, they have Clowe listed for $1.6 million for the 08/09 season!
Now that all the major pieces of the team have been signed, the salary that Clowe is scheduled to recieve put the team over the cap. This would mean that we should expect to see someone get dumped since the roster still needs to be filled out with some players brought up from the AHL. I expect to see McLaren being the unlucky one to go, although I don't think it would be a surprise for anyone, but there is always the possibility of DW moving someone else with a larger contract (sorry all, Cheechoo would be next on the list based on what I think the new system coach McLellan plans on implementing).
Broadcaster's Blog: http://boards.sjsharks.co...logid=1&showentry=124
Pollacks Blog: http://blogs.mercurynews....for-a-few-rounds-of-golf/
On an unrelated note: I have to disappear from the boards for a while to get some non-hockey related things done. I will pop in from time to time, but will be unable to keep everyone as up-to-date as I have been. Keep looking for info and make sure to share what you find with others, and I'll be back as soon as I can. We need to keep the talk about the Sharks going as much as possible! Take Care!