On Trading for Bouwmeester


It’s a slow news month in the Red Wings world, so the news that the Wings had indeed been talking to the Calgary Flames about trading for Jay Bouwmeester is a big deal.

With only six NHL defensemen on the roster, Bouwmeester would provide some much-needed added depth.  Once a young star, his stock has dropped since joining the Flames from the Florida Panthers in 2009.

It’s hard to argue against Detroit picking up a defenseman.  Depending on the cost, I’m not sure I’d complain about trading for Bouwmeester.

That said, I do wonder why Bouwmeester’s $6.68 million cap hit over two seasons would be deemed acceptable for a reclaimation project while $7 million over one season was too much to risk on Alexander Semin.

Is it simply because the Red Wings need a defenseman more than they need a forward?  Maybe, though I’m not sure how much I agree with that.

It’s doubtful that general manager Ken Holland would make a move before the new CBA is put together, so don’t expect a resolution to this any time soon.


Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development, as well as that of DH.N's sibling site, FantasyHockeySim.com.

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