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Blues re-sign Bouwmeester: five years, $27 million

Aug 1, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT


The St. Louis Blues made a big move on Thursday, signing defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to a five-year, $27 million contract extension — ensuring he won’t go to free agency when his current deal expires at the end of 2013-14.

The extension is interesting on a number of fronts.

One is the timing perspective — St. Louis completed it prior to (or, made it a higher priority than) re-upping with prized RFA defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who has been without a contract since July.

According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Bouwmeester deal apparently won’t affect any future contract for Pietrangelo.

Also intriguing is the amount of money St. Louis has locked into its defense.

The Blues are carrying Bouwmeester’s extension, Kevin Shattenkirk‘s four-year, $17 million deal, Roman Polak‘s five-year, $13.75 million deal, Barret Jackman‘s three-year, $9.5 million deal and Jordan Leopold‘s two-year, $4.5 million deal.

Add it all up, and the Blues are now spending $3.3 million per defenseman, according to CapGeek — the fourth-highest total in the NHL.

And that’s without Pietrangelo.

Another interesting wrinkle? Bouwmeester is taking a pay cut to stay with the Blues.

His current deal carries a $6.68 million cap hit (a five-year, $33.4 million contract originally signed with Calgary in 2009) whereas his new one comes in at $5.4 million annually.

With the extension, St. Louis has the 29-year-old rearguard under contract until 2018-19.

Bouwmeester was acquired by the Blues prior to last season’s trade deadline and appeared in 14 games for the club, scoring seven points.

He also made his playoff debut in St. Louis’ opening-round series loss to the Kings, averaging 25:08 TOI per game — second only to Pietrangelo.

This is the second five-plus-year deal Bouwmeester has signed over the course of his career. Combined with his first contracts in Florida, he projects to make $72.9 million in lifetime NHL earnings, also according to CapGeek.

  1. 22bju - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Well done Armstrong

  2. jimw81 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    come homer, now is your chance to offer sheet Alex Pietrangelo.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Yes because of all that free cap space the Flyers have….

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      That is not the right strategy right now. Unless Holmgren would simply be trying to stick St. Louis with a Weber-type contract, which is just a dick move. The Blues will match, no matter what. Holmgren did a good job of being fiscally responsible this offseason (Streit contract is debatable), which allowed him to keep his young core intact. Handing out a huge contract, assuming they somehow got Pietrangelo, would cause a ripple effect throughout the roster. Granted it would be worth it to get that #1 defender, but there’s no chance we end up with Pietrangelo, so it’s a moot point.

  3. ikillchicken - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    St Louis: The Canucks are prepared to offer you Alex Edler and ALL the draft picks for Pietrangelo.

    • ikillchicken - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      We will also include the following things to sweeten the deal:
      -Luongo’s old Condo

      -David Booth’s stuffed Moose head (And Booth himself although we understand if you don’t want him).

      -A stack of unworn “Western Conference Champion” hats.

      -The last 5 years of Luongo’s contract.

      -A signed 8″ by 10″ copy of Kesler’s sexy naked picture.

      -A signed 8″ by 10″ picture of Chris Higgins that while not naked is still thoroughly sexy.

      -Cory Schneider. Er…wait. Scratch that one. Bo Horvat.

      -The secret 3rd Sedin twin.

      -Calgary’s 1st round pick (but you CAN”T ask how we got it).

      -Some (slightly used) VPD riot gear.

      • 19to77 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Secret? I thought Hartnell let the cat out of the bag in the All-Star game a couple years back.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        man that’s a tempting deal, I hear Lou’s old condo is pretty nice and in a nice area of Van.

        I think we’ll just sign petro and try and try and make due with what we have..

      • yustasayin - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

  4. 22bju - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    How about edler and kesler and no picks?

  5. zachammer69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    So does no one remember the last 5 years of this guy’s contract that weren’t worth the money? Now he gets almost the same contract again…

  6. vanindeed - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Skates like the wind and…………..

  7. canucks30 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:29 AM


    That is all.

  8. jpat2424 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Not gonna help any.

  9. brockohol - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    at risk of sounding like homer…will Blues have best D in league? hard to find a better top to bottom than this group

    • gobucky1 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      How about the D-core on the team that just won the Stanley Cup?

  10. sharksfan97 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Curious move. All we heard from the media was how bad J-Bo’s last contract was, how he underperformed and how he was soft for his size. Now you have the Blues, a team with good blue line depth, and a team trying to find a way to fit its star young defenseman in Peitrangelo under the cap, extending the allegedly overrated guy for a hefty cap hit? St. Louis must be planning to move another D man to make room for P’s cap hit. Thing is, J Bo isn’t young and his cap hit is significant, sure seems like a lot of money to tie up in an underperforming aging D man…

    • eggserino - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Not exactly sure where you get soft. He may not have lived up to his #5 overall pick from an offensive perspective, but what I’ve seen from him as a Blue Note? Smart positionally, may be the best skater on the team, makes good decisions with the puck, shuts down players on the wall, and uses his skating to create crafty offensive numbers mismatches.

      People have been beating this guy up for years. He’s 29 years old, the prime of a defenseman’s career. He’s a great partner for Petro. Compare this guy’s $5.4m cap hit to that of Eric Brewer’s ($4.25 AAV) in St. Louis not too long ago and it looks like a steal.

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