The Calgary Flames pick and pull sale continues. They have traded defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for St. Louis’ 2013 first-round draft pick and prospects Mark Cundari (defenceman) and Reto Barra (goalie).
JayBo has scored six goals and added nine assists in 33 games with the Flames this season. It was arguably his best season with the Flames since being acquired just prior to becoming a UFA from Florida. His trade doesn’t come as a surprise, just days after the Flames traded long-time captain Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 2013 first-round pick is conditional on the St. Louis making the playoffs this season. If the Blues miss the playoffs, the 2013 1st round pick becomes a 4th round pick in 2013 and the Flames will receive the Blues’ 2014 first-round pick.
Bouwmeester has one more year remaining on the five-year deal he signed prior to the 2009-10 season worth an average annual value of $6.68-million.
As pointed out by TSN.ca, Bouwmeester, a veteran of 10 NHL seasons, holds the NHL record for most games played without a playoff appearance. Man, that’s gotta suck.
The rumours abound right now (i.e. Kipper to the Leafs?!!), so who do you think will be next. I bet it won’t be Kipper, and that we’ll see someone else go.