Ryane Clowe is apparently being shopped around by San Jose, and he is just the sort of guy who would fit into Brian Burke's mold for Toronto.
He's going to be 27 this year.
At 6' 2" 225lbs, a player who goes to the front of the net, does hit and often scores in bunches.
He has played first and second line duties and is very aware of checking responsibilities. Plus he has been known to drop the gloves when the need arises.
His main draw-back is a history with a smattering of injuries. If you think these are not going to follow him around, then there are few other power forwards out there who would be a better fit in Toronto.
I am not sure about his contract status, but previously he has been affordable if you have that void to fill. With the Failure of the Mark Bell experiment last year, Toronto has a void to fill.
The other nagging concern here is that he is being offered for a trade, not as a free-agent - and reportedly San Jose wants a first round pick. If instead they might have an interest in a young RFA, then perhaps there might be a deal to package-up?
Maybe a guy like Pogge or Grabovski with a lesser pick?
If San Jose is moving Clowe, it is likely to clear up some cap-space, so there might be wiggle room depending on how other teams see the requested price in trade.
Certainly, he's a candidate for an "A", if he ends up in T.O.
Watch for it.