Jay Bouwmeester traded to St. Louis

Jonathan Willis
April 01 2013 07:18PM

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According to multiple media reports, the Calgary Flames have sent veteran defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. Coming back is a conditional first round draft pick, as well as prospects Mark Cundari and Reto Berra.

The Return

The conditional first round draft choice. As per James Mirtle, the first round pick will be a 2013 selection if St. Louis makes the playoffs this season, and a 2014 pick if the Blues fail to make the playoffs. Should the first round pick be deferred to 2014, Calgary will also receive the Blues' fourth-round selection in 2013.

Mark Cundari. The soon to be 23-year old Cundari was never drafted, but plays a well-rounded game - he has ability with the puck, doesn't back down physically, and is strong positionally. The problem is that he's undersized for the position, listed at 5'10", 210 pounds. He's a decent prospect, but hardly a blue-chipper. The good news is that he's good enough to play regularly in the AHL right now.

Reto Berra. A fourth-round draft pick in 2006. Berra is likely best-known in North America for his work representing Switzerland at the World Juniors (he also played at the 2012 World Championships). He's spent the last few seasons in the top Swiss league, posting mediocre numbers (he has a 0.906 save percentage this season). The good news is that he's interested in coming to North America; the bad news is that based on his work overseas he may not have much of an impact.  

It's a very similar package to what the Flames received for Jarome Iginla: a first round draft pick and a pair of middling prospects that will fill depth roles but cannot be regarded as high-end acquisitions.

The Context

Bouwmeester led the Flames in ice-time this season, averaging 25:09 per game; he also led the Flames' blue line in quality of competition and the percentage of shifts started in the defensive zone. Elliotte Friedman tweets that the Blues will assume responsibility for the entirety of Bouwmeester's contract, saving the Flames $6.6 million dollars next season and slightly more ($6.68 million) in cap hit. 

However, on the same day that Buffalo dealt Robyn Regehr - older, not signed for next season, and averaging almost 7:00 less per game - for a pair of second round draft picks, the return for a legitimate top-pairing NHL defenceman like Bouwmeester seems underwhelming. With the additional context of the Douglas Murray trade (again, for two second round picks) days earlier, that feeling is reinforced. 

In the defence of Flames management, Bouwmeester's no-trade clause doubtless limited the number of teams they could negotiate with. Even so, this is clearly a trade that favours St. Louis - in a fight for their playoff lives, they managed to add a top-pairing defenceman for what is likely to be a middling first round pick and two guys they likely won't ever miss. 

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 HOZ
April 01 2013, 07:19PM
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Flames fans.....hows the abyss looking?

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#2 schevvy
April 01 2013, 07:24PM
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Who are these prospects?

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#3 Baalzamon
April 01 2013, 07:25PM
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April Fools?

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#4 mattyc
April 01 2013, 07:26PM
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@schevvy

They look pretty weak to me... and the first wont even be this year if STL doesn't make the playoffs...

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#5 FireOnIce
April 01 2013, 07:26PM
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...and goalie Reto Barra.

Wow. It really is time to fire Feaster. More magic beans for the heaping pile of BS that is the Calgary Flames.

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#6 FireOnIce
April 01 2013, 07:27PM
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Also, Regehr traded to LAK for 2 second rounders.

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#7 Craig
April 01 2013, 07:27PM
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Welp two elite players gone... not a single relevant prospect to be seen. What trade will underwhelm us next!

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#8 dotfras
April 01 2013, 07:27PM
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Like the first, (definitely cheering for the Blues to claim 8th seed in the West), not sold on two guys who probably won't play in the NHL.

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#9 RKD
April 01 2013, 07:28PM
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@HOZ

I thought Detroit would land Jay-Bo I guess not, maybe Holland didn't want to pay Feaster's price. The Blues have bolstered their blueline with Leopold and Bouwmeester. How the Flames brass refuse to call this a rebuild is beyond me. Feaster traded Reg last season, Iginla last Wednesday, Bouwmeester today and maybe Kipper very shortly here.

They are slowly gutting the team, I am not for tanking year after year. I was hoping the Flames would follow the Ottawa, Montreal, Philadelphia model. The Flames need to improve their drafting big time so in a few years they have players not only ready to play but to be able to play at a high level night in a night out.

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#10 joeyjoejoejr
April 01 2013, 07:29PM
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WTF IS RATTIE!?

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#11 MC Hockey
April 01 2013, 07:29PM
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Geez I hope Feaster and Weisbrod were actually TRYING to get some return. Hope they know these 2 players decently. Otherwise I suspect trading up to at top 4 first rounder using all the first rounders now in place. I think Flames now have 3 firsts. Anyone confirm?

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#12 negrilcowboy
April 01 2013, 07:29PM
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@schevvy

berra is the second cousin twice removed from yogi, cundari played junior in ottawa i believe, he was a free agent signing.robin regs went for 2 seconds, nice work feaster.

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#13 Franko J
April 01 2013, 07:31PM
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If the rumour is true, what does Calgary need with another goaltender? At least obtain another center in the trade.

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#14 Austin
April 01 2013, 07:32PM
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How come we can't get any really good prospects?!?!?! Seriously!!!!!! My goodness! Who the heck are these guys. Kipper is obviously being traded by CGY since we have MacDonald, Ramo, Brossoit, Tayllor, Ortio, and this new guy. Holy crap we better get something good from Kipper.

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#15 negrilcowboy
April 01 2013, 07:32PM
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berra is a 26 yr old, yikes. this has gotta be an april fools joke right jay?

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#16 ChinookArch
April 01 2013, 07:33PM
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@MC Hockey

3 First by my count. Yes.

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#17 T&A4Flames
April 01 2013, 07:34PM
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Ok, WHAT THE F#+! is Feaster doing. I could excuse the Aginla trade, but what the hell is this?!!!

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#18 Baalzamon
April 01 2013, 07:34PM
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@Franko J

Apparently the Flames have allowed Toronto to talk to Kiprusoff about a hypothetical extension. Seems to me... that the Flames think Berra might be another option vs. Ramo.

Commence Feaster's press conference where he blatantly and shamelessly oversells these to random players he just acquired for no particular reason.

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#19 schevvy
April 01 2013, 07:35PM
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Sigh...quality is way better than quantity Feaster. Yuck

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#20 FireOnIce
April 01 2013, 07:36PM
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While I'm not sure of the accuracy of this (given that it's April 1st), here's what Cam Charron had to say on Twitter re: Barra

Cam Charron ‏@camcharron

"The Flames prospect goaltender pool is too crowded. Nobody goes there anymore." -Reto Berra

So... a low 2013 (or 2014) 1st rounder, and a D prospect. For an elite-level defenseman that plays 30 minutes a night.

Wow. FIRE JAY FEASTER! Next thing, he'll be double booking Celine Dion concerts the same night as Flames game.

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#21 ChinookArch
April 01 2013, 07:37PM
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Maybe Feaster is trying to collect more AHL assets for future trades. Of course, it would be useful to have another Jay Feaster to trade with. I don't know who these guys are, so it's pretty hard to criticize without all the details. But to echo previous comments why another goalie?

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#22 MC Hockey
April 01 2013, 07:38PM
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@FireOnIce

Quote "Wow. FIRE JAY FEASTER! Next thing, he'll be double booking Celine Dion concerts the same night as Flames game"....hilarious! Just needed good old Ed McMahon beside you saying HEYO!

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#23 blob
April 01 2013, 07:38PM
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I can see Feaster trying to trade his way up the draft board with the picks he has acquired and the junk left on the roster.

Only sembelance of a plan I can make out, not that I agree with it.

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#24 Baalzamon
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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Maybe the Flames should have eaten part of Bouwmeester's cap hit after all.

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#25 mk
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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I can't believe Buffalo was able to get two 2nd round picks for Regehr; what did we get? Ugh.

Feaster's track record is so...underwhelming.

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#26 mk
April 01 2013, 07:40PM
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Well, from another perspective, this year is supposed to be a pretty deep draft - maybe we could get a couple cornerstones for the future out of this draft? Assuming we don't trade down for twice as many 2nd round picks...

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#27 schevvy
April 01 2013, 07:41PM
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At this rate...Flames should've kept Sutter.

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#28 First Name Unidentified
April 01 2013, 07:41PM
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dang! I was hoping we would do the Jbo to Ottawa for Bishop deal. This is getting worse in terms of returns. Even Reghier got 2 seond rounders...

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#29 First Name Unidentified
April 01 2013, 07:42PM
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Totally agree with you, at least Sutter would have done better negotiating

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#30 Mitch P
April 01 2013, 07:44PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I imagine the chances of that first rounder (J-Bo) working out better than either of the two second rounders (Regehr) are pretty good. Toss in a couple 'who knows' prospects and think we got a better return for J-Bo.

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#31 Franko J
April 01 2013, 07:44PM
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As of April 28th the current regime should be gutted. From the President on down to the coaching staff. If the Flames are making trades like this one Feaster and company surely have no clue to building a team. As well, the ownership appears that they are going on the cheap side of a roster. Maybe they want to recoup past financial losses. Can we say salary dump?

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#32 Captain Ron
April 01 2013, 07:45PM
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This sure seems underwhelming. Never heard of these two guys.

Why another goalie? Maybe they are living by the "if you throw enough against the wall sooner or later something should stick" rule???

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#33 Jonathan Happy
April 01 2013, 07:45PM
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Mitch P wrote:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I imagine the chances of that first rounder (J-Bo) working out better than either of the two second rounders (Regehr) are pretty good. Toss in a couple 'who knows' prospects and think we got a better return for J-Bo.

Yeah. Barely.

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#34 _DBG_
April 01 2013, 07:45PM
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This better be part of Feasters master plan to trade all are extra firsts to get Jones and Mackinnon in this draft.

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#35 Double Dion
April 01 2013, 07:45PM
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I am once again underwhelmed Jay. At least we're getting picks. Hopefully we don't use them on guys playing midget AA in Quebec. He`d better draft well, because none of the guys he`s picked up are going to be players.

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#37 Mitch P
April 01 2013, 07:47PM
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There's enough knee-jerk reaction happening in this thread that five people just tore their ACL.

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#38 Kevin R
April 01 2013, 07:49PM
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I'm speechless! WTF! A conditional freaking 1st. Part of the appeal of this 1st to St Louis is it may have been a potential lotto pick if they bubbled. I cant believe this. Maybe we'll get a 5th for Kipper & 3rd for GlenX. & while we're at it how about trading Sven so we can get our 2nd back. OMG! I wanna puke.

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#39 Mitch P
April 01 2013, 07:50PM
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It just feels like there's a lot of piling on happening right now. I hate to be the guy giving Feaster the benefit of the doubt, but I just can't see him being as inept as people are making him out to be. Maybe it's the market, maybe it's the NMC J-Bo had, maybe it's the salary that ST. Louis has to take on.. maybe it's a 100 other reasons that we aren't privy to. ... maybe I'm just tired of the whole world crapping on my team... sigh...

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#40 RKD
April 01 2013, 07:51PM
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We all hoped the Flames got returns like these: Kassian/Myers, Depres/Matta/Bennett/ Rattie

So for trading Jay-Bo and Iggy Feaster has landed:

Hanowski/Agostino/Cundari/Berra/

plus a first round pick and a conditional first round pick.

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#41 mk
April 01 2013, 07:51PM
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On a side note, how bad is our defense now?

- Wideman - Giordano - Brodie - Butler - Smith? - Babchuk? - Sarich?

Wow.

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#42 Mangotanker
April 01 2013, 07:51PM
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Mitch P wrote:

It just feels like there's a lot of piling on happening right now. I hate to be the guy giving Feaster the benefit of the doubt, but I just can't see him being as inept as people are making him out to be. Maybe it's the market, maybe it's the NMC J-Bo had, maybe it's the salary that ST. Louis has to take on.. maybe it's a 100 other reasons that we aren't privy to. ... maybe I'm just tired of the whole world crapping on my team... sigh...

I'm tired of having Jay Feaster as my teams GM.

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#43 Double Dion
April 01 2013, 07:51PM
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I sometimes think Feaster assumes he`s smarter than everyone else. It is a little problematic for me. We do a lot of off-the-board type things.

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#44 Rob
April 01 2013, 07:51PM
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Too funny...

Lets see what pro man has to say

"Mark Cundari could quite possibly be the best defensemen in the Blues' minor league system. Cundari had a stellar junior performance with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, and after he was signed as a free agent by the Blues, he was an instant success at the AHL level with the Rivermen in 2010-11. In 69 games played in his rookie season, Cundari had 10 goals and 30 points with a plus-6 rating."

Sounds ok to me, maybe even a tj Brodie who can hit!

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#45 Rob
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Too funny...

Lets see what pro man has to say

"Mark Cundari could quite possibly be the best defensemen in the Blues' minor league system. Cundari had a stellar junior performance with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, and after he was signed as a free agent by the Blues, he was an instant success at the AHL level with the Rivermen in 2010-11. In 69 games played in his rookie season, Cundari had 10 goals and 30 points with a plus-6 rating."

Sounds ok to me, maybe even a tj Brodie who can hit!

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#46 HOZ
April 01 2013, 07:53PM
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@RKD You are absolutely right. Flames blow this draft and it will be a LLLlllong long road back to respectability.

All three teams have strong drafting and hence they can retool like they do.

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#47 the forgotten man
April 01 2013, 07:55PM
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I've said it once and I'll say it again...quality over quantity. No more us trading one guy for 3+ assets/picks. Either trade straight up man for man, or holy hell maybe we can package a bunch of our crap for another teams decent asset.

Frustrating...

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#48 Baalzamon
April 01 2013, 07:56PM
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It's actually a guaranteed 1st. The condition is WHEN not if. If the Blues make the playoffs, it's a 2013 1st rounder. If they don't, it's a 2014 1st and a 2013 4th.

That's not something to complain about, IMO. Frankly, it's kind of funny: the Blues want insurance against the Bouwmeester playoff curse.

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#50 mk
April 01 2013, 07:57PM
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the forgotten man wrote:

I've said it once and I'll say it again...quality over quantity. No more us trading one guy for 3+ assets/picks. Either trade straight up man for man, or holy hell maybe we can package a bunch of our crap for another teams decent asset.

Frustrating...

That's the entire problem - no other GM wants to trade quality for quantity. Feaster might be killing the franchise by a thousand cuts.

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