SAN JOSE -- By noon Wednesday, Ryane Clowe will know whether he's finishing this frustrating season as a Shark or elsewhere.
Reports from around the NHL have Clowe headed to teams searching for a power forward and not too discouraged by the fact he has yet to score a goal this season. The Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks all have been reportedly in the hunt.
And though Clowe's contract does have a no-trade clause, it is not expected to be an obstacle as his agent and general manager Doug Wilson appear to be working together to give Clowe some control of his destination.
Has all that been a distraction over the past week?
"It's a distraction if you let it be a distraction," coach Todd McLellan said Sunday. "My experience around him this last week has been a good one. He's been professional, he's come to the rink and played hard, got himself healthy."
Clowe, 30, becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the Sharks risk losing him with nothing in return at that point. He has been a valuable member of the team since the 2006-07 season, but his production has tapered off the past two seasons.
Wilson generally doesn't tip his hand at the trade deadline, but he did discuss his strategy last week after announcing the deal that sent Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Before San Jose had reeled off its four-game winning streak, there was a question whether Wilson would be a buyer or seller at the NHL deadline.
"We're both," the G.M. responded. "Are we going to give up first- or second-round picks in a draft that's viewed as very strong? The answer is no. This is the time that we're going to replenish in a very strong draft year.
"But," he added, "if there's younger players that can fit into what we're trying to do and how we're trying to play, I have no problem acquiring that maybe in lieu of a pick."
Wilson also emphatically stated he was not in the market for a veteran rental player.
"That's a loaded question," he said. "I don't think you'll hear all the coaches in the league say 'Yeah we're happy.' There's a lot of players that are out there that coaches would love to have. I like the players that we have, I like the group we have, and I like the direction we're going right now.
"If some transactions take place, we'll be fine and move on," McLellan added. "If they don't, I still believe the group that's in there will do it."
But McLellan wasn't ready to declare that would be Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks, saying only that moving Brent Burns back to forward and inserting Tennyson into the lineup was one option.