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Report: Flames aren’t shopping Bouwmeester, but there’s interest

Jul 6, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames during NHL action on December 04, 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(December 3, 2011 - Source: Rich Lam/Getty Images North America Getty Images

Sportsnet’s Roger Millions recently tweeted that the Calgary Flames aren’t actively trying to trade Jay Bouwmeester, but some teams have expressed interest in him.

Bouwmeester entered the rumor mill when the Flames acquired the rights to Dennis Wideman and then signed him to a five-year, $26.25 million contract.

The Calgary Flames also inked Jiri Hudler to a four-year, $16 million deal, which, according to cap geek, gives them $66,668,332 committed to 23 players. Although they are currently under the cap, there is still a chance that the ceiling will be lowered when the players and owners agree to a new CBA.

On top of that, a report in June asserted that Calgary was not planning to spend close to the cap anymore – but all of their actions since then have suggested otherwise.

If Calgary decides to keep Bouwmeester then they’ll have a pretty solid – and very expensive – core of defensemen. However, if they opt to trade him, he could bring back a decent return despite his $6.68 million annual cap hit.

There’s plenty of teams that are still hungry for top-four defensemen and many of them have the cap space necessary to absorb his contract for the next two years. With the free agent market dried up, those franchise’s don’t have a lot of alternatives if they want to make a change this summer.

  1. bearsnbills - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Suter who? Get ’em Poile

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    If the Flames trade Bouwmeester they’re opening up 26 minutes a game that he plays, he’s not worth how much he’s getting bad but he’s nowhere near as bad as some people seem to believe. The Wideman deal just made no sense to me, Giordano gives them offense from the point (he missed a big chunk of last year) and adding another offensive defenseman was fairly low on things to do list IMO. What they really need is some centers who can win faceoffs they’re always between 25-30 in that category.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      * i meant nowhere near what he’s getting paid but nowhere near as bad as some people believe.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

      You will definitely get the center you want if you trade him.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    He def isn’t a bum or anything. Just dropped a lot from what he was 5 years ago. Back then jaybo being on the market would start a Nash/ Ryan like bidding war that could easily bring you a few great players since he was one of the biggest names in the game. Today maybe you get 2 good players for him, not nearly as big of a name as he was then but still effective in many was.

  4. mclovinhockey - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    If he gets traded look to a team like the ducks who need D and NEED a bigger cap hit to reach the floor.

  5. blomfeld - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM


    A metaphor could be made equating the Calgary Flames to some “lazy” hippie who’s in need of a real “good” haircut ! … and this Bouwmeester character would be the perfect place to start ! He, like the entire team save Jerome, are a bunch of under-achieving and over-paid has beens. Their perennial “incompetence” along with the likes of the Avs, Wild and Oilers, is the key reason why the Canucks have been able to attain “multiple” President Cup Championships … though it could be argued that at least the Oilers and Wild are making an “effort” to improve ? Nonetheless, the fact is that these Flames are a disgrace and a disservice to the fair people of Calgary, who are deserving of so much more in my opinion.

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