According to the report, the Red Wings stepped up their interest in Bouwmeester after learning the Philadelphia Flyers could make an offer in the wake of losing rearguard Andrej Meszaros all of next season with a torn Achilles tendon.
There is no news out there yet of Mez missing the whole season is there? These injuries can be mid-term to long-term, to long-long-term, wait and see approach.
And while I don't doubt that J-Bo is getting offers, your source is two Calgary based media outlets. Take the substance with a grain of salt. In the middle of the summer you have to write something to appease us hockey-crazed fans who are itchin' for the season to start.
Good to see the Calgary Herald jumping in with TSN using a terrible mlive article as their source.
Trade talks are heating up says random blogger!
I personally like how:
"The Red Wings are concerned Philadelphia will make a big pitch for Bouwmeester after Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn Achilles tendon that will sideline for the season."
Has now become:
"According to the report, the Red Wings stepped up their interest in Bouwmeester after learning the Philadelphia Flyers could make an offer in the wake of losing rearguard Andrej Meszaros all of next season with a torn Achilles tendon."
If this game of telephone keeps going soon will start seeing reports of Z being offered for Jbo.
People are going to be mildly surprised by both how much the Flames get in a trade and how well Bouwmeester plays for another team if he does get dealt. I'm not saying he's going to garner the Flames a bunch of blue-chip studs but if you don't think GM's are willing to give up a few valuable assets for a 25 minute-per-night defenseman, then I think you are deluding yourself. Bouwmeester's contract is not the albatross it once was, both because the term is short at this point and because other defensemen are now making huge sums as well.
Furthermore, Bouwmeester is still young enough and still in prime physical condition to the extent that I think other organizations may think they can bring something "more" out of his game - and in the right place, it would not surprise me at all if he suddenly becomes more highly tought of on HF.
Its worth noting that alleged interest does not equal "hitting the mother load".
Frankly, I think there are a whole lot more people around here that think Bouwmeester is some sort of worthess salary dump that canbe had for pennies on the dolar than there are Flames fans deluded into thinking they are getting a king's ransom back.