The Flames have, first of all, too many blue-liner's signed for next season, and will either need to trade someone away, or have someone buried in the AHL. Second, the Flames are very close to the top of the salary cap, and Bouwmeester has a cap hit of $6.68 million next season.
While Bouwmeester holds his own fate in his hands, possessing a no-trade clause in his contract with the Flames, it would make sense if the right situation came along for him to pursue it.
As Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun suggests, there are a few teams that could be interested in the smooth skating D-man. He feels like the time is now to move Bouwmeester while his stock is high:
"With the Nashville Predators deciding Tuesday to keep Shea Weber by matching the offer sheet their captain signed with the Philadelphia Flyers — 14 years and US$110 million — the market for a minute-eating blueliner couldn’t be higher in the NHL."
If the Calgary Flames were to take this route of trading Bouwmeester, here are three teams that would be interested in his services.