Minute-munching ironman defenceman the exact type of player that is highly sought after at trade deadlines

While debate rages over the return on the Jarome Iginla trade, the Calgary Flames are quietly going about dealing another asset that should net them a bigger prize.

Jay Bouwmeester will likely never win a Norris Trophy. No one will mistake the lanky blueliner for a mean cuss like Scott Stevens or Chris Pronger. He is not a master orator like Michael Cammalleri or Alex Tanguay.

But make no mistake: a swift-skating, puck-moving defenceman is one hot commodity on the market with just six days to the trade deadline.

Under head coach Bob Hartley, the 29-year-old Bouwmeester has watched his value shoot up given his born-again penchant to jump into the rush.

So once the emotions settle over Iginla’s departure to Pittsburgh, don’t be surprised if the rumours heat up exponentially over the next potential area code for the NHL’s reigning ironman — with 620 consecutive games played . . . and counting.

“I understand it,” Bouwmeester said of the spotlight turning in his direction. “It’s the situation we’re in. It’s been the same the last two or three weeks, people have mentioned stuff.

“But again, until it’s brought to you and you have to make some decisions — or they make some decisions — you can’t worry about it. I’ve been, really, in that situation before where there was stuff flying around and something potentially could have happened, but you really just have to separate yourself from it and go about your day-to-day business.”

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Attention+turns+Bouwmeester+that+Iginla+been+dealt/8168133/story.html#ixzz2OwlwJImn


5 Responses to Minute-munching ironman defenceman the exact type of player that is highly sought after at trade deadlines

  1. coyotes_bettman says:

    If I’m the Leafs now might be the time to take advantage of Feasters er…generosity.

    To the Maple Leafs – Mike Cammalleri, Kipper

    to the Flames – Grabovski, Reimer, 1st in 2013

    Why not?

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      way too expensive a price for a goalie near retirement. I would much rather try to send Grabovski and a pick for Bouwmeester.

      Doubt it happens but that would help us more in the short term without damaging the long term by giving up Reimer.

  2. razer1818 says:

    Why Cammalleri… No way he didn’t want to come to Toronto a couple years ago choose the Habs instead.. I don’t want some one on the team that didn’t want to be here in the first place

    • mojo19 says:

      Camo actually did want to be here. His priority was with Toronto. He even met with Burke face to face on July 1st but Burke couldn’t pull the trigger. Electing to use his cap space on Komisarek instead.

      No grudge towards Cammalleri.

  3. razer1818 says:

    However if you did deal Grabo than you could sign Bozak… If not then you have to trade Bozak

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