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Bouwmeester trade: Blues get their coveted ‘left-handed defenseman’

Apr 1, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues had been in search of a left-handed defenseman that could play heavy minutes and help contribute in an offensive capacity. On Monday, they got that with the acquisition of Jay Bouwmeester in a trade with the Calgary Flames.

“We’ve been looking to acquire a top left-handed defenseman and Jay represents that and is an elite player in our game,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.

As per the Blues’ statement, Bouwmeester is not considered a roster player at this time, pending immigration.

Armstrong reiterated his comments to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Blues were in action on the ice Monday night, as well.

St. Louis had a 3-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild in the third period. The Blues had lost three games in a row and, as of Monday morning, were not in a playoff position.

The Blues sat ninth in the Western Conference standings, one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  1. killerpgh - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    If Armstrong gave up more than he wanted I would love to see his original offer. Seems like they got him for a really good price.

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