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.