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Trade: Blues acquire Bouwmeester from Calgary

Apr 1, 2013, 9:02 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 Calgary Flames continued their fire sale on Monday, sending defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis in exchange for the Blues’ first-round pick in 2013, defenseman Mark Cundari and goalie Reta Berra.

The move marks the second significant player Calgary has traded in advance of Wednesday’s trade deadline. Last week, the club shipped longtime captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh.

Bouwmeester was a highly sought-after commodity this season. He’s handled a heavy workload — averaging over 25 minutes per game — and has managed to contribute offensively, leading all Flames defensemen with six goals.

For St. Louis, the move is a bold one. The club currently sits ninth in the Western Conference with 36 points, one back of eighth-place Columbus. (Granted, the Blues have three games in hand.)

Heck, there’s even a clause in the contract outlining what would happen if St. Louis misses the postseason — in the event the Blues miss, Calgary gets St. Louis’ fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and the first round pick will be deferred to 2014.

It should be noted Bouwmeester has never participated in the postseason over the course of his 10-year career.

Financially, this is a big move for St. Louis.

Bouwmeester has two years left on the five-year, $33.4 million deal he signed in 2009, and carries a $6.68 million annual cap hit. According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, Calgary is not retaining any of Bouwmeester’s salary in the deal.

As for the players Calgary’s getting in return? Cundari was an undrafted free agent signed by St. Louis in 2010 that’s currently playing with AHL Peoria, while Berra is a 2006 draftee that’s with Biel in the Swiss A League.

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  1. bensawesomeness - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Wings just can’t catch a break

    Congrats, Blues

    • elrock7 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Wings have very little to trade that anyone wants.

    • clefty1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      I would not want him with that large contract….Plus the salary cap goes down next season.

  2. DTF31 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Detroit really couldn’t beat that offer? Really?

  3. sportsfaninyyc - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Wow, Flames are stock-piling the 1st round picks. This is something they should have done 3 years ago, they could’ve gotten some roster players as well, instead of the throw-ins they got from Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Wonder who goes next??

    • valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      That first round pick from St Louis with catch that if the Blues don’t make it to the playoffs then the first round pick will not be in the talent rich draft of 2013 but only in 2014. Smart move by the Blues, if they do poorly they at least to reap the reward of a better draft position.

  4. rsl22 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    And Blues fans just saw their playoff hopes fade….since 1998 (16 seasons), his teams have made the playoffs exactly once.

    His one playoff appearance was during the 2004-05 lockout when he was LOANED to the Chicago Wolves in the AHL at the trade deadline after his team was on pace to miss the playoffs.

    He’s playoff kryptonite.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      2003 World Championship Gold – Voted Best Defenceman
      2004 World Champsionship Gold
      2004 World Cup of Hockey Gold
      2008 World Championship Silver

      Two bronze and 1 silver as a junior

      • rsl22 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        World Championships are where non-playoff players go for spring break.

        Also, where’s he been the last 4 springs?

        I’m sure Bouwmeester is a good dude, but no playoffs in his career is a frightening stat.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        Hockey is a Team Sport
        Ernie Banks told me so

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Maybe you’re new to hockey but it’s hardly a sport where one defenseman can carry a team.

      • rsl22 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        That’s not what ever person in the history of empty commentary has said about Ovechkin.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        Ovechkin is a defenseman? I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even make it to his side of the neutral zone

  5. Brian - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    That’s unreal. A conditional first and two guys who’ll never play in the NHL. This after the return for Iginla, that being a proper first rounder and two guys who’ll probably never play in the NHL. Jay Feaster is just…just wow.

    On the other hand, teams, start preparing your offer sheets for Berglund, Stewart, Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk, because the Blues won’t be able to keep all of them now.

    • bcsteele - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      As a Blues fan I agree with you, and I’m pissed. I liked the Leopold trade for the depth and Vetern presence. Taking on that cap hit really binds us on the offense. This is the first move I’ve doubted our GM of the year. Hopefully he knows what he’s doing here.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    This just in, Calgary actually traded him to Detroit but told St. Louis they had a deal. Oops. JV GM mistakes.

  7. luz56 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    The Flames are burning…. Bye bye Kipper, Tanguay

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Next up…Kipper?

  9. ray2013 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    They do get a couple of things from these trades:

    1) three picks in round one, with a chance to bottom out for a top lottery pick.
    2) cap space and a slow move out of contract hell.
    3) a chance to see what they have on the farm. They’re not competing for a roster spot, so bring up all the young kids. Give them a chance to play and see what you have.

    It does create a couple of questions though. Will any of the prospects be roster players or were they just filler? How will the Flames handle the draft? It’s not like they’re famous for drafting well, so lining up all of these picks doesn’t mean a hill of beans if Feaster and the scouts choke. Is their coach the right guy to handle a roster full of young players and prospects?

    It’ll be interesting. About two years late, but at least they’ve done it finally.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      They’re trying to take the Edmonton approach to draft top-level talent but still play terrible

  10. ray2013 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    LOL. They’re not competing for a playoff spot so they can play the kids is what I meant to say.

  11. packerswin96 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Feaster has to be one of the worst GM’s in the league. 2 middling prospects that have little chance to make the NHL and a late 1st rounder for Bouwmeester? terrible!

  12. broadstbully33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Wow that’s a lot of cap to take on espc when u have 4 rfa players who are all good to great players. Homer should offer sheet pietrangelo and shattenkirk lol

    • tridecagon - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      The Blues have one of the lowest payrolls in the league. The cap number isn’t as much of a problem as the actual dollars the ownership group is willing to spend. But it looks like they’re ready to make the push over the next season or two.

      In some sense they’re the Cubs of the NHL – never won a Cup, and haven’t even been to the finals in 40 years. It’s good to see ownership commit some dollars… but I’m not sure quite how it’s going to put us on the level with, say, Pittsburgh.

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