Once the Detroit Red Wings learned of Nicklas Lidstrom's plans to retire, Ken Holland turned his attention to getting Ryan Suter to replace the future Hall of Fame defenseman and the recently departed Brad Stuart via free agency.
As you know, that plan failed as well, as did Holland's Plan B, which was Matt Carle, which meant that the longtime GM has had to get creative in finding ways to sure up the Wings' back end.
In August, NBC Sports' Mike Halford reported that the Wings had interest in acquiring Jay Bouwmeester from Calgary, which would make sense in some respects.
First of all, Bouwmeester is a fleet-footed rearguard, and is very capable of making a crisp first pass coming out of the defensive zone. In addition, Bouwmeester would likely welcome a trade to the Wings, as the two-time All-Star has yet to play in a single postseason contest.
Unfortunately, the Wings signed Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year deal worth $5 million late in the summer, and with Bouwmeester set to make over $6.6 million a season for the next two years, unless Detroit wants to be up against the cap heading into the season, Jay-Bo's contract is simply too expensive for them to take on.
As great a fit Bouwmeester and the Wings appear to be on paper, a trade doesn't make sense from a financial standpoint at this junction.
However, if the Wings move someone like Ian White, and free up some space, they could be back in the mix for the former No. 3 overall selection.