Offseason Media Speculation
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05-12-2012, 12:01 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Regarding Sutter comments, not only Brent, but none of the Sutter's are that way. When Darryl was let go, it was obvious he was pissed but to this day he still hasn't publicly spoke about the situation or his relationship with his brother at the time. Brian is the same way to. Say what you want about the Sutter's but they do come from a hard working, character family. And it has been stated several times that both Sutter and Feaster had a great relationship together. Its no secret that Feaster isn't a traditional hockey guy, so it makes for a good rumor IMO. I think if this story has any legs, it was probably a comment Sutter said was probably taken out of context.
Regarding moving Bouwmeester, I'm sure Feaster will be shopping him this offseason to an extent. Despite him being overpaid (which irrelevant to us) he fills an enormous hole on our blueline, and larger than the one that Gio fills. Because he has under performed and is overpaid, his value in a trade is much lower than what his value is to the Flames. I think if Feaster can land a under 27 top 4 dman and above average prospect or late 1st round pick, that Bouwmeester would be moved without a doubt. I just don't see any team offering that package with how he has performed here the last 2 seasons.
In contrast, Gio costs considerably less, has performed to expectations for the most part, and is also considered extremely valuable in the trade market. His return would be much higher than Bouwmeester's for these reasons and easier for a team to fit in under their cap. Gio is way more of a character player, but he has shown he struggles when he plays as many minutes as Jbo. For this reason Gio is considered a fringe top pairing dman. Trading Bouw and not replacing his minutes would devastate our defence. I would much rather move Gio over Bouw when you consider the return of moving Gio would be substantially higher and he would be easier to replace via FA (ie. Carle).
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