Thread: Speculation: Trade Proposals and Rumors Thread
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03-02-2013, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Calculon View Post
On the CBC hotstove earlier today, they speculated that while the Flames haven't yet approached Bouwmeester to waive his NTC, they could soon receive an offer that would make them do so.

On the one hand, I'm not sure why the Flames are rushing to trade Bouwmeester. He's been the Flames best defensemen this season and under Hartley, we can finally see why he was so highly regarded while in Florida. Not to mention it doesn't seem like the Flames would be able to absorb the loss of his minutes with ease. If they want to be competitive, trading away their best defensemen doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

On the other hand, given Bouweester's play this season, maybe the team decided to engage in some smart asset management for once and trade a guy while his value is high. Granted, that seems like a stretch considering this organizations prior history. Everything depends on the return - first round picks plus prospects would be ideal but maybe the team approaches a trade in the same way they did with Regehr. Perhaps they've identified a young defensemen or centre in another organization and are looking to trade for him, as opposed to a package heavy on picks plus other stuff. That would be disastrous I think, considering Feaster pro-hockey awareness is abysmal. Recall, he's the guy that thought Fedetenko was worth the 4th overall draft pick, that Shane O'Brien was worth a first, that Butler was an above average defensemen and that Byron was worth a 2nd round pick.

It'll be interesting to see what they do.
What makes you think the lames are rushing to trade Bouwmeester. There is nothing that indicates that at all, in fact everything said on the CBC hotstove indicates the complete opposite.

And teams rarely if ever trade a player while they are playing their best unless their contract is about to expire. Teams don't embrace rebuilding its something that just happens to most clubs and then they run with it when it happens.

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