Is Jay Bouwmeester next?



Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames 12/5/10

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 Hot on the heels of the Iginla trade is news that Jay Bouwmeester has also been approached by Flames management about a potential deal. As reported by Roger Millions:


Defenders are always hot commodities around deadline time, especially guys who can face tough competition and eat up a lot of minutes. Those kinds of players are useful and rare, so it’s no suprise a number of teams are interested in Bouwmeester. Particularly since he’s having his best run of offense in Flames colors since he came to Calgary.

That said, making a quality deal for him will be difficult for the Flames. He’s signed for one more season, so there’s absolutely no reason to rush to move him this year. In addition, his sizable cap hit ($6.68 million) could prove to be a significant impediment given the cap ceiling is set to drop to about $64 million next season. It’s possible the Flames would need to eat a portion of deal or take a chunk of money back to make a swap work. That’s not ideal, unless the org really likes the player/contract coming back.

Shopping Bouwmeester to get a feel for his market value is sensible. It’s doubtful he’ll stick around once his contract expires since the Flames are unlikely to be contenders at that point (and the big guy has never seen the post-season, let alone had a real chance to compete for the grail). That said, unless someone comes along with a really top-notch package, Calgary could stand to wait and shop JayBo again at the deadline in 2014.

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  • BurningSensation

    Until Philly fell off the face of the earth this year they were my bet for a J-Bo destination, but now it looks to me like Detroit is the clear frontrunner; lots of capspace, a busload of very good prospects, and a gaping hole in the roster where he would slot in.

    My money is now on the Red Wings.

  • Michael

    I don’t think the Flames will be even close to competitive next season, so I would be tempted to run the Flames roster at well below next years $64 million ish cap. I would move JBo and Cammy this year and replace them with mid range free agents over the summer. With the Flames in utter turmoil, I think it is going to be next to impossible to land the big name free agent’s (read center) that this club needs. Its going to be a tough few years for Flames fans.

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      Cammy – 6.0 + JBO 6.6 + Iggy 7.0 + if Kipper retires 5.8 = 25.4 million. We may need to keep Cammy just to get over the floor next year as our resigns (Brodie & Backlund) will be relatively cheap

      • Michael

        I might be tempted to eat some of JBo /Cammys salary to get a better return… and use some of the cap room to gamble on an out of favour higher priced contract that might have a rebound year.

  • woods

    IMO, waiting till next year to move JBO is a bad idea. His as value is as high as its ever been since coming here. Next year, this team will be worse then this year. I fear his numbers and play wont be as good and his return will be much less. get it done before the deadline or in the summer

  • everton fc

    I agree w/Michael. Move JBo and Cammy. But remember, and to beat a dead horse intentionally, Feaster will be making these deals, at present.

    Perhaps we can move Stajan to a team looking for a good two-way centre, with cap room and a chance at the playoffs?

    Detroit seems thin, on their farm. Filpulla’s name will come up, of course.

  • I disagree now is the time to move Bouwmeester and not next year because teams will be willing to give up more for a player that can help them out longer.

    Holding back cap might not be ideal but I would do it in a minute to make the deal work and get something more back. How much more do you get for a $5M cap Bouwmeester compared to a $6.7M Bouwmeester. I think that the increase in return is much better for the future of the team than having cap space.

    I would use the same logic for Cammalleri. Really tough to trade at $6.5M. But a $4M Cammalleri should get me a pretty good prospect and first round draft pick. If the Flames are going to go younger next year than they are going to have no problems with carrying dead cap space if it means having a better prospect pool.