Speculation links Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to several teams, including the Detroit Red Wings.
CALGARY HERALD: noted a report from MLive.com claiming the Flames and Detroit Red Wings were in talks regarding a possible trade involving Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. The Wings apparently increased their interest in Bouwmeester after learning the Philadelphia Flyers (who recently lost Andrej Mezsaros to a season-ending injury) could make an offer.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson also noted the “Bouwmeester-to-Red Wings” rumors, as well as noting he’s been linked to the Flyers and St. Louis Blues. Gilbertson, however, pointed out the difficulty in replacing the minutes Bouwmeester plays, cautioning the Flames not to move him unless the return makes them a better team. He also pointed out Bouwmeester has two more years at $6.8 million per on his contract, along with a “no-trade” clause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I had expected interest in Bouwmeester to increase after the Flyers failed effort to sign Shea Weber to an offer sheet, plus I also thought he’d be the first to go if GM Jay Feaster was keen to shake up the roster. While I’m not surprised about the former, I’m starting to have my doubts about the latter.
Feaster seems reluctant to shake things up this summer, though if the Red Wings, or any of the teams believed interested in “Jay-Bo” ,were to offer up a good, young scoring forward, the Flames GM might be willing to listen. The current CBA talks could also put the brakes on possible moves by the Flames. Feaster may be getting calls for Bouwmeester, but he might prefer to be patient and see what the next CBA contains before making any decisions on Bouwmeester.