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Report: Bouwmeester, Flames have discussed trade

Mar 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Jay Bouwmeester AP

Could Jay Bouwmeester be following Jarome Iginla out of Calgary?

According to Sportsnet’s Roger Millions, the 29-year-old defenseman has at least discussed the possibility with Flames management.

Millions reports that as many as six teams have shown interest in acquiring Bouwmeester, whose play has drawn positive reviews this season.

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.

Teams that may be interested include Detroit, St. Louis, Ottawa and Philadelphia.

Bouwmeester — who has never appeared in a playoff game — would likely garner the Flames a bigger return than what Iginla got them from the Penguins.

It’s not clear, however, if the Flames really want to move the smooth-skating, big-minutes-logging defenseman.

  1. phil4444phil - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Calgary could find themselves in a really decent position if they play this out properly. The amount of draft picks and prospects with Bouw, and Kipper plus what they’ve got with Iggy on the way out could make quite the team in 2 to 3 years from now.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      As a Flames fan I can only hope! They need to get Nathan MacKinnon or Seth Jones this year, my preference would be MacKinnon because a true number 1 center in the NHL is a very rare thing, there’s maybe 15 in the league right now and Pittsburgh has 2.

      It would be very ironic if the assets acquired by trading Iginla (in this case the first round pick helping them trade up to get the 1 or 2 if need be) allows them to get the number 1 center they could never get him while he was here.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Get this deal done Chiarelli

    • revansrevenant - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Couldn’t agree more.

  3. wingsfan13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    We would love to have him in a Red Wing sweater, hope Kenny Holland has some magic left.

    • tmoore4075 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      I don’t like that big salary for next season. Other than that I’d take the chance on him.

  4. murtdurt - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    They need to move him out for picks and then use those picks plus the one they got for Iggy and move up into the top 3 and grab Droin. He could become the next cornerstone for the Flames and something for the fans to get excited about.

    • mikebel11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      They may end up with a high enough pick to grab drouin with their own, but I agree, if they can turn jay into another late first, package the two and try to move back into the top ten to select another highly touted guy Ina very strong draft class. Maybe Barkov, Monahan and lazar could all be options if they can get back into the top 10

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      I agree they need the superstar this year! Personally I’d rather have MacKinnon cause he’s a gifted offensive center with size, although I must admit I’m not experts on either player except for knowing they’re teammates.

  5. garrison1981 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Detroit

  6. govtminion - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    “We plan to tell six different teams we’ve reached a deal with them to trade Jay, then figure out which deal we like best after that.”

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Well since Bouwmeester has a NTC the situation could play out in a similar way, hopefully not though.

      • govtminion - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        I’m pretty sure I’d jump out my window if it did.

        …granted, I live in the first floor, but still.

  7. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Huge salary and is not the player he used to be….. Sounds like a future Flyer to me hahaha. In all seriousness I don’t see him becoming a Flyer

    • ryanrockzzz - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      LOL this is sad but so, so true.

  8. bricktop02 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Hey mclovinhockey that is really funny & really true.

  9. ray2013 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Hopefully they’ll get some decent picks for J-Bouw. Who’s the next high schooler who never played junior or college hockey we should be on the lookout for? Jankowski 2.0! (You know Feaster could do it, Flames fans.)

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