NHL Rumors: Detroit Red Wings Talking Jay Bouwmeester Trade with Calgary Flames

August 10th, 2012 by Eric McKelvie Leave a reply »
According to Brendan Savage of MLive.com, the Detroit Red Wings are talking to the Calgary Flames about the possibility of trading for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.  

The 28-year-old blueliner has two years remaining on a contract that comes with an annual cap hit of $6.68 million. The Flames signed Dennis Wideman to a five-year deal worth $26.25 million, giving them the opportunity to move Bouwmeester and his hefty salary.

Having missed out on a number of free agents including Ryan Suter, the Red Wings continue to search for a defenseman to help fill the voids left by Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart.

The 6'4", 212-pound Edmonton, AB native could be their man.

Bouwmeester was drafted third overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and has played in a remarkable 588 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NHL. However, he has yet to suit up in an Stanley Cup playoff game. 

Bouwmeester has represented Canada at a variety of international tournaments including three World Junior Championships, three World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey and the Olympics.

In 717 career games, Bouwmeester has s ...

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