Jay Bouwmeester and the St. Louis Blues have reached a 5-year agreement. Bouwmeester, who joined the Blues in the middle of last season, has inked in a nice deal to remain with the organization. The contract is worth $27 million, but is this a good choice for the St. Louis Blues?
Last season, Bouwmeester played 33 games with the Calgary Flames. He notched only 15 points, with 6 goals and 9 assists. When he joined St. Louis, he only contributed 1 goal and 6 assists in his 14 games. He managed to get 1 assist in the Blues’ short playoff run. I understand that moving from one team to another mid-season can be stressful, especially when you have to learn how to play with your new team. But is a player like Jay Bouwmeester really needed on the Blues for 5 years?
I think it is a risky move, but he is a decent player. He can put up some points, especially in the assists column. The season before last, he hammered in 24 assists and 5 goals in Calgary. This type of player could turn out to be good for the Blues, but I still say it was a bit risky. This also comes after the re-signing of Kevin Shattenkirk to a 4-year, $17 million contract. With this, and the addition of Jordan Leopold, the Blues are just $9 million short of their salary cap.
Bouwmeester is strong. I will give him that. It’s just that I don’t know if that is what the Blues need. I’ll be glad to see him prove me wrong, but until then, I just have my opinion about his future in St. Louis. What do you think? Should Bouwmeester be a great fit in St. Louis, or will he crumble and be a regretted decision? Answer in the poll below!