Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made the most of his opportunity to negotiate with Jay Bouwmeester.The defenceman avoided unrestricted free agency by agreeing to a five-year deal worth $6.6 million per year against the salary cap on Tuesday night.

The Flames acquired the rights of the 25-year from the Florida Panthers on Saturday at the NHL Draft for the rights to blueliner Jordan Leopold and a third round pick (67th overall), which the Panthers used to select right winger Josh Birkholz.

“Jay is one of the most complete defenseman in the game, and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement that will make him an important component of the Calgary Flames success,” said Sutter. “We identified Jay as the priority player where we were going to focus our money. We wanted an opportunity a few days in advance of the deadline, and that’s why we made the move we did this past weekend.”


  1. albertateams says:

    I like the signing  and the term. Jay-bo is 25 so will be 30 when the contract expires, so the flames are not tied long term if he doesn't work out (besides an injury I can't see how this wouldn't). HE was the ability to be a top 3 dman in the league.

    I also think Sutter is not done and will have a few more moves in the next couple of days.

    So far Sutter is well add of the other Canadian GM's this offseason in improveing his team.

  2. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Calgary has always been good at keeping the puck out of the net, and sucked ass putting it in the net. Should have spent the 6M+ on a forward instead of another defenseman.

  3. albertateams says:

    I think Jay-bo does both he is sound deffensively and has a great offensive up side with his skateing and that always important first pass. 

  4. leafy says:

    Great signing by Calgary.  Bouwmeester is one of the most talented players in the entire league.  If only he didn't play for a garbage team for so long, his talent would be more apparent.  His skating skills are second to none.  Now he needs to reach the next level, ie, learn to take control of a game. He has the tools to do it.

  5. Rico420 says:

    so does this mean Calgary is going to score whatever Jokinen and Iginla put in the net this year? Because I'm pretty sure this signals the end of Mike C. and Big Bert..

  6. DJTOKid says:


  7. pezzz123 says:

    atta boyyyyyyyy

  8. flamefan20 says:

    scored more than your team did last year

  9. reinjosh says:

    didnt i day he would sign before july 1st
    and didnt you say he wouldnt
    nuff said

  10. reinjosh says:

    uhh they could sign a second line winger to play with them
    it wouldnt cost that much if they go after an underrated guy (sutter spends real well with the money he is given)
    Langkow could be traded for a younger more affordable center
    Primeua could be sent to the minors to clear 1.6 million
    Sarich could be moved, Pardy resigned and a cheap 6th and 7th found
    as it is they have 4.5 million left to sign a 6th and 7th defenceman at the very least. Sutter might want to go after another forward. But its safe to say that big Bert and Mike C. are gone.
    sutter likely isnt done either.
    and Phaneuf wont be moved

  11. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Oh, don't worry about him, he's just jealous that the Flames got one of the top pending UFA's and all the Canadiens have managed to do so far is give up a decent youngster and a top prospect to get an overpaid underachiever that will strangle their team for years to come.

    Besides, the Flames look like they might have too much invested in their defence now so could flip Regehr or Phaneuf (Phaneuf for Heatley rumors are widespread) to get that scoring forward that habsfanwhateverhisnameis claims the Flames really need.

  12. Stuv_Dogg says:

    This is a peculiar signing.

    JBo was about 24 hours away from a shot at free agency.  If he waited 24 hours, he could have seen what other interested teams would have offered and then still gone back to sign with the Flames if he didn't like whatever else was being offered.  Who knows, maybe the Rangers (who like to give huge contracts) would have offered $8 million for 8 years?  All he had to do was wait another 24 hours.

    On the flip side, maybe Sutter gave a best-before date on the contract that didn't allow him to explore free agency, and him signing was more of a bird-in-the-hand-is-worth-two-in-the-bush kinda thing.

    Either way, a good to very good signing for the Flames.  They now seem to have too much invested in their defence (although this didn't seem to hurt the Ducks when they had Pronger and Nieds) so maybe they can flip one of their d-men to address an area of weakness on their team.

  13. albertateams says:

    you got it exactly backwards go back and read your own posts nice try though

  14. reinjosh says:

    no i dont
    i said he might be signed for 5.5 million (obviously wrong by 1.1)
    but i said he would be signed before then
    maybe im thinking of someone else
    sorry if thats the case

  15. reinjosh says:

    Phaneuf wont be moved
    if anything Sarich will

  16. FlamingHomer says:

    You obviously haven't seen them play within the past two years.

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