Jay Bouwmeester Signs With Calgary

Jonathan Willis
June 30 2009 07:20PM

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As per TSN.ca, Jay Bouwmeester has elected not to test the free agent market, signing a 5-year, 6.6-million dollar per season contract with the Calgary Flames. 

Bouwmeester is a complete defenseman with decent but not spectacular offensive ability, and he should stabilize the blueline in Calgary.  Nobody questions his ability as a player, and so far this is exclusively a positive for Flames fans.  That said, the Flames are very, very close to the salary cap, and given the similarities in contracts between Bouwmeester and Dion Phaneuf I can't help but wonder if the latter is on his way out of town - something that might soften the blow for Oilers' fans.

Why do I say that?  It's fairly simple.  Jay Bouwmeester, who played for a terrible team in Florida, still had decent goaltending behind him (.936 EV SV%).  Dion Phaneuf, who struggled on a very good team in Calgary, did not (.896 EV SV%). 

Why does this matter?  Because, quite simply, if we reverse the goaltending behind those players, Bouwmeester jumps from having 56 goals scored against him to having 92 scored against.  Phaneuf goes from having 79 goals scored against him down to 47 against.

The full story is a lot more complicated than this simple calculation, and if Calgary manages to hold on to Phaneuf than we can't even find this silver lining.  But, at the moment, I don't believe the gap (which does exist) between Bouwmeester and Phaneuf is as wide as the majority of people believe.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Falcon
June 30 2009, 07:23PM
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Oh no...

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#2 Roz
June 30 2009, 07:24PM
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~Its nice to see them sign another Edmonton boy!!~

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#3 Bar Qu
June 30 2009, 07:24PM
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Count me as one person who thinks Sutter will find a way to make this trio of d-men stay in town. Jokinen hopefully did not unpack too much stuff; he might be the one headed out of town!

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#4 freeze
June 30 2009, 07:26PM
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sigh.

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#5 Evil Ginger
June 30 2009, 07:27PM
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interesting to see teams that had cap issues last year ie philly and calgary being the first ones jumping into big contracts...guess there must be some plans in the near future

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#6 DonovanMD
June 30 2009, 07:28PM
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The Edmonton Flames with all those local boys. Sutter just pissed in the faces of a lot of Oil fans. Hopefully Tambo has one big offseason move in mind, but with our cap spot I tend to doubt it.

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#7 freeze
June 30 2009, 07:29PM
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what is the penalty for going over the cap?

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#8 walkinvisible
June 30 2009, 07:44PM
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freeze wrote:

what is the penalty for going over the cap?

apparently the penalty last year was dressing junior level players and not quite a whole roster.

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#9 Brent G.
June 30 2009, 07:48PM
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OH YEAH!!!!

dont Worry Dion isnt going anywhere the salary will come from Sarich and Primeau. Brent Sutter Signed with Calgary with the primary connection being his aptitude with Dion. Jay Bo signed because He wanted to play with Regher and Dion. No way hes gone when Sarich is so expendable. Resign pardy and you have a wicked top 6 defense line-up which will cost the same as last year; a little less. Aucoins (4 mill), Vandermeer (2.3) and Sarich (3.6) = 9.9.

Pardy will make ~ 1 mill and Pelech will make a little less ~ 1 mill. Jay Bo makes 6.6 mill = 8.6 mill. It saves money for a HUGE upgrade.

My guess is Sarich will be traded for a slightly above average top 6 forward in the 2 to 3 mill range.

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#10 Brent G.
June 30 2009, 07:50PM
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Dont take it too hard Oiler fans. Jay Bo didnt sign with you because he wants a chance at winning. Not signing with a team where the biggest stars are Horcoff and Hemsky. Anyone else see how the lineup in edmonton is actually almost a little worse than Florida? (no Booth/horton) or Vokoun.

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#11 DonovanMD
June 30 2009, 07:51PM
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I love the Flames fan spam on an Oiler blog.

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#12 Jenga
June 30 2009, 07:53PM
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Dear Tambo,

please do something to give me hope. Anything?

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#13 TonyT
June 30 2009, 07:57PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Dont take it too hard Oiler fans. Jay Bo didnt sign with you because he wants a chance at winning. Not signing with a team where the biggest stars are Horcoff and Hemsky. Anyone else see how the lineup in edmonton is actually almost a little worse than Florida? (no Booth/horton) or Vokoun.

No worries Brent, i'll gladly take another year of no playoffs in exchange for the peace that comes after winning 5 Stanley cups

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#14 B-rad
June 30 2009, 08:15PM
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@ Brent G.:

DEAR BRENT,

Please find something sharp to smash your face on.

That is all.

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#15 Resolute
June 30 2009, 08:25PM
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freeze wrote:

what is the penalty for going over the cap?

Can't be done.

Once the season starts, a team cannot be over the cap. The league will reject any move that puts them over, and if they enter over, the league will force players off the roster to ensure compliance.

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#16 RossCreek
June 30 2009, 08:59PM
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Nicely done!

~That Daryl Sutter is such a bad GM. He actually had the nerve to pull off a big move at the deadline and now THIS? The gull of that man~

Next up - Corey Sarich+ (luv em but can't afford him) for Marco Sturm (former Shark under Daryl).

Hearing Oil to take another run @ Hossa.

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#17 RossCreek
June 30 2009, 09:00PM
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Oh... and nice try Willis, but you will not rain on my parade ;-)

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#18 RossCreek
June 30 2009, 09:01PM
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Heatley for Cogliano, Penner & Smid WAITING APPROVAL!

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#19 Keith M
June 30 2009, 09:06PM
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@ DonovanMD: Except that this post cross-posted to Flames Nation.

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#20 Keith M
June 30 2009, 09:06PM
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@ DonovanMD: Except that this post is cross-posted to Flames Nation.

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#21 Keith M
June 30 2009, 09:07PM
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Twice is nice.

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#22 freeze
June 30 2009, 09:07PM
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@ Resolute: Thanks for the info.

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#23 Librarian Mike
June 30 2009, 09:38PM
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Nice to see Alberta representin' with the big moves.

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#24 Archaeologuy
June 30 2009, 10:26PM
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Now that he's a flame i can officially start to make fun of Jay Bo. The best part about this for the Flames is that the pressure can come off of Phaneuf. The best part for Phaneuf is that he wont be the only one who has trouble reading SpongeBob books in the locker-room anymore. I couldnt imagine a denser duo in the NHL than those two.

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#25 Kent
July 01 2009, 09:16AM
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Jay Bouwmeester, who played for a terrible team in Florida, still had decent goaltending behind him (.936 EV SV%). Dion Phaneuf, who struggled on a very good team in Calgary, did not (.896 EV SV%).

While this is true, there are other issues that make comparing the two players more complicated. For example, Jay Bouwmeester started in his own zone 150 more times than in the offensive zone last year because he was the Panthers version Robyn Regehr, while Phaneuf was the opposite (because Regehr was taking the defensive zone draws). In addition, Bouwmeester faced some of the toughest competition in the league. Phaneuf didn't even face the toughest competition on the Flames.

If their roles were reversed, it would be interesting to see what the shot totals would look like.

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#26 Mark
July 01 2009, 01:33PM
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that's funny, my buddy grew up with him. said he had lunch with JB a few weeks back and Jay said there was no hope in hell he'd go to Edmonton, would either want calgary or detroit and would take a pay cut to play in d-town. guess he wasn't full of it after all....

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#27 LOIL
July 01 2009, 03:08PM
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Calgary now has STACKED defense but arent they going to have trouble scoring when they can only ice 5 forwards to stay under the cap?

LOIL

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#28 Deans
July 02 2009, 12:21PM
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I dont think that a team with a pop gun offense has ever been so against the cap. Sutter is trying something new (or old) that could potentially blow up hin his face. How any Flames fan suggest that they ship out jokinen is beyond me. If you ship out Olli you will not get the same offense in return.

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