There is some
good news coming out of the Tank tonight....David Pollack is reporting than a tentative agreement has been reached with Ryan Clowe so it appears he will be staying in San Jose for at least a few more years
Although the contract has not been finalized as of yet, Clowe had stated that SJ is the only place he really wants to be. The only thing holding up the actual signing is the term of the contract, which Clowe will be able to decide upon according to a source inside the organization. For me, Clowe was a major piece of the team that needed to be locked in and now I can rest easy on at least one matter.
Pollack is also very confident that come Tuesday when free agency starts, Patrick Marleau will be with the team to start the new era under Todd McLellan. After hearing the way Mclellan talked about Marleau and his speed up the middle, I had a strong feeling Patty would be sticking around. His style fits perfectly with the system McLellan seems to want to implement, a fast moving up the middle puck-possession game that focuses on "oh-fence."
There was another development that was mentioned in the blog, which is of a less cheerful nature. Curtis Brown will not be offered another contract by the Sharks. Pollack mentions that he only played roughly 30 games this past season after suffering a hand injury and that his spot on the penalty kill has been filled by the up-and-comer Torrey Mitchell (the best rookie no one outside of SJ talked about).
Here is the link to the original blog: