According to Brendan Savage of Mlive.com who cites a team source, the Detroit Red Wings are discussing a trade with the Calgary Flames that would send veteran defenseman Jay Boumeester to the Motor City.
Boumeester has been the source of trade rumors for some time now after he became expendable when the Flames signed Dennis Wideman to a five-year, $26.25 million deal. Ideally Calgary would probably like to keep both defensemen since their current payroll of $66.6 million is still under the $70.2 million dollar cap however the ongoing CBA negotiations could lower the cap putting the Flames in the red.
The Wings essentially became interested in a deal for Boumeester when a relatively thin market of blue liners surfaced after prized d-man Ryan Suter signed with the Minnesota Wild. This is also not mentioning the retirement of captain Nicklas Lidstrom and the departure of Brad Stuart via free agency which left the Wings with only six NHL ready defensemen (Nicklas Kronwall, Jakub Kindl, Ian White, Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey and Jonathan Ericsson).
A deal though for Bouwmeester does have it’s drawbacks.
First, the Wings do have the money to pay for Bouwmeester as they sit an estimated $13 million under the current cap. However the veteran defenseman has a cap hit of $6.68 million for the next two seasons. Pavel Datsyuk is a cap hit of $6.7 million.
There’s also the question of who the Wings would have to give up to get him?
The Calgary Herald already reported that the Wings made a pitch for Bouwmeester but further reports indicated that the offer wasn’t good enough. Currently the Wings have a log jam at the forward position but would acquiring Bouwmeester mean giving up high end prospects like Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar? Bouwmeester was once thought of as an up and coming defenseman averaging 14 goals and 40 points in his final three seasons with Florida. However those numbers have trailed off during his time in Calgary as he’s averaged four goals and 27 points in three seasons.
Do the Wings really have a choice at this point not to go all out for Bouwmeester all things considered?
Finally Detroit could probably expect some competition from the Philadelphia Flyers in pursuit of Bouwmeester. After losing out on Shea Weber, Chris Pronger probably retiring and Andrej Meszaros undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn Achilles tendon that will sideline him for the season it would certainly make sense for the Flyers to make a big push for Bouwmeester.
The soon to be 29-year-old Bouwmeester stands at 6’4″ and 215lbs. He was Florida’s first round pick (third overall) in the 2002 entry draft and spent the next six seasons playing with the Panthers before being traded to the Flames in June of 2009.
Ref: Calgary Herald, Mlive.com