The Calgary Flames find themselves in second last place in the Western Conference but are only four points back of eighth place so it’s not surprising that GM, Jay Feaster hasn’t discussed if the team will be sellers or buyers at this year’s trade deadline. One name that continues to surface in Calgary is defenseman Jay Bouwmeester who could be on the move regardless of what Feaster’s plans entail.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun revealed over the weekend that both the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings have spoken to the Flames about Bouwmeester but nothing further is being reported.
Garrioch doesn’t mention who the Kings or Flyers would be willing to part ways with, but considering the massive contract that Bouwmeester brings with him, the asking price should be far less than what the Flames want for Iginla.
Bouwmeester, 29, has one year remaining on his deal after this season with a cap hit of $6.68 million. So far this season in Calgary he has 4 goals and 8 assists in 24 games and has failed to live up to the expectations when the Flames acquired him in 2009 before signing him to a 5-year deal worth over $33 million.
The Kings have long been said to be looking to acquire a top-four defenseman, although that’s been the talk from pretty much every playoff competitive team. The Flames would love to shed Bouwmeester’s salary regardless of whether or not the team can remain in the postseason hunt. Set to become an unrestricted free agent after next season, the value on Bouwmeester will be higher now than next year’s trade deadline so Feaster would be wise to move him if he can find a partner.
The Flyers are actively seeking a puck-moving defenseman and Bouwmeester would fill that void left by Chris Pronger.
We learnt last week that the asking price for Jarome Iginla is a top four defesneman prospect, a roster player and a draft pick. That’s a lot to cough up for a potential UFA but when considering the game that Ignila brings, it’s not surprising.
Bouwmeester on the other hand is doubtful to fetch Calgary that same return. Sure he’s younger than the Flames captain, but his offensive output has sputtered since joining the Flames, failing to crack the 30-point plateau in a season since leaving Florida.
As this story unfolds we’ll keep you updated right here at Too Many Men.