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Report: Detroit in talks with Calgary to acquire Bouwmeester

Aug 9, 2012, 11:56 AM 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.
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According to Brendan Savage of, the Detroit Red Wings are in discussions to acquire Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Citing confirmation from a “team source,” Savage reports the Wings have turned their attention to Bouwmeester after missing out on a number of defensemen during free agency, most notably Ryan Suter.

More, from MLive:

Bouwmeester became expendable in Calgary when the Flames signed Dennis Wideman to a five-year, $26.25 million deal and the Red Wings need help on defense after captain Nicklas Lidstrom retired and Brad Stuart was traded to San Jose before he could sign with the Sharks as a free agent.

Wideman’s contract hiked Calgary’s payroll to $66.6 million, which is under the $70.2 million salary cap. But if the cap is reduced as expected when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, that could force the Flames to dump salary and the possibility might reduce their asking price for Bouwmeester.

If Calgary is indeed feeling financial pressure with Bouwmeester, Detroit could be willing to relieve it.

The Wings aren’t totally desperate to add blueliners, but can’t be far from it — their current top six is comprised of Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White, Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith. The latter two have a combined 130 games of NHL experience.

That said, the Flames might have other options.

As Savage notes, the Philadelphia Flyers could also express interest in Bouwmeester, especially after defenseman Andrej Meszaros was lost “indefinitely” to a torn Achilles tendon.

While the Flyers don’t have a ton of available cap space, they would be able to free some up by placing Chris Pronger (and possibly Meszaros) on long term injured reserve.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Love it, no doubt stats kids and people who think the money is coming out of their own pocket will not. 6.68 million is a pretty penny, but it’s done after the 2013-2014 season, so it’s not a big deal. I’m guessing Wings fans who wanted Semin will most likely hate this as well, while the knowledgeable hockey fan knows Jay Bo can help this team a lot. I have no doubt whatsoever that you put him into the Wings system and you will have the Jay Bo that played so well in Florida, and that the Wings can get him for cheap.

    Get it done Kenny

    • elrock7 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Even though he is an over rated, under achiever, the Flyers also want him and he wont come cheap!

  2. rushledger - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Wings can probably make it work better than any other team including Calgary with Boumester but let’s not kid ourselves and think this a great move if it goes down. This is the older lion who’s use to catching prime prey catching the weaker gazelle to sustain himself.

  3. themajorleagueblog - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Kinda old news, this was known since the 7th. The Calgary Herald and I have already talked about this.

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  4. tmoore4075 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    It’s a bit of a risk with how he’s played the last couple years, especially last year, but it could work out. Detroit is a team that could turn this guys career around. The price tag for two years is scary though. One year is fine if it works or it doesn’t. Two years though if it doesn’t work this season you’ve got an expensive 25 point scorer.

  5. redwingsfan999 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I really never cared 4 this guy but he might do well with the wings, still I would only try getting him as a last resort

  6. kitshky - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Love Bouwmeester, guys always gotten a bad rap with that contract and because people want, and have expected, him to be an offensive giant. He’s solid as they come and (obviously) durable as hell.

    Wings would be a perfect fit … except that I don’t really want the Wings to succeed …so… terrible move, guys a bum.

    • soupy19 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      I absolutely agree. People who don’t watch Jbo play on a regularly basis just look at his point totals and plus/minus and derive that he’s overrated and overpaid. Although I believe he is overpaid, he’s not overpaid by much. If he was a UFA this summer, I guarantee someone would offer him the same contract he has now…maybe even more.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        I agree, people (lots in this city) believe he’s overpaid because they expect him to put up the offensive numbers that he did that one season in Florida, they thought they were getting a second Phaneuf (back when Phaneuf played reasonable defense) what these people don’t see is the meaningful minutes he logs every game, killing penalties and playing good defense. I’ll be very disappointed if the Flames trade Bow, he’s a very good player for this team.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I just don’t see the Flames moving him unless they get a major haul, Bow eats up way too many minutes, is really good defensively and skates as well as any defenseman.

    Then again Feaster seems to have no idea what he’s doing so signing a less talented clone (Wideman) of a player you already have (Giordano) and then creating a massive hole defensively would be something he’d actively seek to do. I guess he’ll point to the money bonfire that is Corey Sarich’s contract and say the Flames have what they need….I really hope they bring JD in to fix this mess.

  8. xjokerz - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    As a wings fan.. I don’t even care. Would love to see where the offense is going to come from. What a disaster off season

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