The Panthers have traded the 25-year-old star defenceman's rights to the Calgary Flames for blueliner Jordan Leopold and a third round pick.
Despite trade rumours that swirled around him on deadline day, Bouwmeester, 25, remained in Florida, playing out the final year of his contract, which allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
The native of Edmonton, Alberta played his entire six-year career with the Panthers after being selected third overall by the club in 2002. He had 15 goals and 27 assists in 82 games this season.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 06-27-2009 at 09:31 AM.
I'm not a huge fan of the trades for future UFA's. Does Sutter really feel that Bouwmeester wouldn't go to CGY if they were the highest bidder. I guess a 3rd isn't too much for a week of exclusive negotiations. What are the odds Leopold re-signs with FLA.
Calgary is going to have to be creative with Bouwmeester's contract to fit him within the cap. Also, someone likely will have to be dealt, likely Langkow or Sarich. The Flames also have some fat to trim (Vandermeer, Primeau) that could free up some cap space.
I guess Calgary will try and get rid of Vandemeer or Sarich now?
Besides Vandemeer its solid.
Vandermeer is too expensive at $2.3M as a bottom-pairing defenseman. With Pardy's rise and his cheaper salary, I think Vandermeer is expendable. Sarich could also go because of his contract ($3.6M cap hit).