The Sharks were looking to move the rugged left winger and had received offers from both the New York Rangers and the Canucks. They went to Clowe asking which team he would waive his no-trade clause to go to and he picked the Rangers citing family reasons.
The Rangers dealt their 2013 second round pick, 2013 third round pick, and a 2014 conditional pick.
(The conditional pick would have been a second round pick if Clowe re-signed with the Rangers or if they advanced to the Conference Finals. Otherwise it would be a fifth round pick.
The Rangers did not advance to the Conference Finals and Clowe did not re-sign, so the trade ended up being a second, third, and a fifth. Clowe is now a member of the New Jersey Devils.)
“He liked our team, liked the situation,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said at a time. “But (it) sounds like geography was the dictating feature.”
What did the Canucks offer? Gillis wouldn’t say.
“I won’t tell you what the particulars are of that deal,” he said. “We were in active in the pursuit of it.”
Botchford reports the Canucks had offered the Sharks their 2013 first round pick straight up for Clowe.
Of course, the 2013 first round pick ended up being the 24th overall pick and the Canucks snagged a pretty good prospect in Hunter Shinkaruk.
In hindsight, good thing the trade didn’t happen. No Shinkaruk and the Canucks had already dealt their second round pick earlier in the day to the Dallas Stars for Derek Roy.