The Detroit Red Wings have presented the Calgary Flames a trade offer. The offer as we all should know by now, is for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, forward Valterri Filppula & a late round draft pick are the rumored/reported pieces. Randy Workman, a trusted Flames insider, was the first to report the offer.
The Flames have been rumored to have Jay Bouwmeester on the block all summer, and with all the big-named defenseman choosing to sign elsewhere (Suter/Minnesota, Carle/Tampa, Wideman/Calgary), the market value for Bouwmeester has never been this high.
Signing a 5-year, $33,400,000 contract with the Flames in the summer of 2009 after being acquired from the Florida Panthers, Bouwmeester has never lived up to the hype in Calgary.
Expecting to come in and produce the way he did in Florida in which he scored 10+ goals in 3 separate seasons & 40+ points in 2 of his 6 seasons there, Bouwmeester has never lived up to his expectations in Calgary, scoring a total of just 12 goals in his 3 seasons with the Flames.
Although he is no where near worth his $6,680,000 cap hit, Bouwmeester can log huge minutes while playing against the top lines on any given team. Bouwmeester's 25:57 average time-on-ice/game was ranked 6th in the league this past year.
Not only does Bouwmeester log huge minutes game after game, he is perhaps the most durable player in the NHL. Playing in 588 consecutive games, Bouwmeester is the current "iron man" streak leader in the league.
Overall with Bouwmeester, the Wings would get a solid blue-liner who although he doesn't deserve his annual $6,680,000 pay check, can play upwards of 25 minutes a game, never misses a game, as well as who can play against the top forward lines in the game.
The Flames would love to have Filppula on their team, there's no doubt about it. The problem though, is that he only has 1 year remaining on his current 5-year, $15,000,000 contract. The Flames (according to Randy Workman) though, would want to have Filppula commit long-term before making the deal.
This past season, the 28-year old had a career best 66 points in 81 games played, scoring 23 goals & adding 43 assists in the process.
His +18 rating is just a huge bonus for the Flames, who had only 1 player (Alex Tanguay) who had a rating above +3 (Tanguay was +7).
Jonathan Ericsson on the other hand, would also be a great addition. His +16 rating for the season would also be a best on the Flames. Although he isn't known to produce too much offensively, he is known to be a great shut-down defender who can play in all situations if needed.
Jay Feaster and his team have an alright looking offer to go over. The ball is in Feaster's court. Does he or does he not make the deal? What we do know is that unless he gets what he wants, he isn't afraid to keep Bouwmeester and his large cap hit.
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