Well, apparently he's media-shy, so that's a big problem for Gainey. However, the Habs can offer him w/e salary he asks and the chance of not being the only go-to guy on the blueline, cuz the General is here. From what I know, the only thing Bouwmeester or his agent said so far is that he ain't going back to Florida.
I love Jay Bo as much as the next guy...however I have read numerous articles about him. In the context of his future destination...many if not all articles/reports do indeed indicate he shuns the spotlight (goldfish bowl attention) and most importantly would like to play at west...Probably in Alberta....
I have watched closely how numerous pundits, and posters mention we are not in the running for Jay Bo because he is at odds with Jacques Martin. Correct me if I am wrong but JB signed a one year extension for FLA when he could have gone UFA...So I do not think there is much if any bad blood with OUR current coach JM...JM as FLA GM just did not deal him because there was not good enough return available and they pulled a Souray with him (Needed him for a final play off push)
Jay Bo will be another Sundin/Lecavalier Drama we will be left completely in the dark until near or around the actual day something happens.
Lastly like everyone else my dream is for Jay Bo to sign long term with us and on the day the ink is barely dry on his contract he declares, in all Canadian official languages that he is beyond happy to have signed with a team going places.