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Trade Bait: Jay Bouwmeester

Mar 26, 2013, 4:21 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

The NHL’s trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3. Following is a player that may be moved. For more “Trade Bait,” click here.

While most of the trade speculation involving the Calgary Flames has surrounded their captain, Jarome Iginla, it could easily be argued that defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is having the better season of the two.

Still just 29 years old, Bouwmeester has six goals and nine assists in 30 games and is averaging a team high 25:07 of ice time. On Sunday, he played a whopping 29:48 in the Flames’ 3-2 victory over the Blues. Frankly, there hasn’t been this much positive buzz about his play since he arrived in Calgary from Florida in 2009.

Bouwmeester is signed through next season with a cap hit of $6.68 million. His contract also includes a no-trade clause, meaning he’d have to approve any deal.

Over the summer, it was reported that the Red Wings were interested in acquiring Bouwmeester. If true, given Detroit’s recent stretch of success, it wouldn’t be surprising if there was still interest as the playoffs get closer.

The Flyers, Senators and Blues are also reportedly “sniffing around.”

For now, though, Bouwmeester is trying to focus on hockey instead of trade rumors.

“Until something happens, it’s all talk,” he said.

The Flames have four games left until the trade deadline, including tonight’s contest in Chicago. Right now, they’re 14th in the Western Conference, six points back of a playoff spot.

  1. rsl22 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Trading for Bouwmeester would ensure Detroit snaps its 21 consecutive playoff appearances streak.

    • tmoore4075 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      I’m sure other Wings fans thumbed you down but I won’t. I think that’s funny as hell. Sorry JayBo but you have a pretty bad legacy going on right now.

      • rsl22 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Ha. Thanks. Also, he missed the playoffs in all his junior seasons as well.

  2. porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    It would not ensure them making the playoffs. But it would HELP a lot. The only problem is that your deal ing with Fester. He would want an arm and a leg from him. But he would be a perfect fit.

    • gospitfires - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      if a guy like douglas murray goes for 2 second round picks, the cost for this guy would be staggering i fear. 2 first and a NHL ready prospect (tatar/nyquist) would prolly be the starting point.

    • elrock7 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Wow! he is nowhere near a fit as far as a trade with Detroit goes. Calgary wants GOOD young prospects back. Especially a top end young goalie.

      Wings dont have a player under 26 years old on their roster or in their system that any team would say, gee we really like him!

      • mizbinboston - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Goalie = Petr Mrazek and Jake Paterson
        Good prospects = Tatar. Everyone also seems to be high on Jarnkrok, Sproul, Pulkkinen, and Frk (that kid was a steal). Plus there’s always Nyquist. Wings prospect pool is actually pretty decent.
        But no WAY does Kenny pull the trigger especially with that cap hit. Not worth it.

      • polegojim - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        ElROck…. get your head out from under bro… you’re 10 years late.

        Current up.

  3. jburrell4 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    If that’s the case, then NO. Holland isn’t going to overpay to overpay.

    • polegojim - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Build for the next 20… don’t waste cap on age.

      The Wings MADE the model of BUILDING a winner, not buying one.

      Stay smart Mr. Holland… next wave is already in the making.

  4. tmoore4075 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I don’t like this trade. Are they THAT much better with him? Considering losing Lidstrom and Stuart and all the injuries they’ve played ok, even on defense. I’m afraid he’d cost a lot plus $6.7mil for his cap hit NEXT year? No thanks. If the Flames eat some salary maybe but you know they won’t. Be better off trading more assets and getting a guy like Yandle who’s younger, cheaper and is under contract for more than a year.

    I expect the Wings to try and add maybe some secondary pieces and maybe look to the offseason to make any bigger moves.

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