Jay Bouwmeester is going to find a new home before the April 3 trade deadline. There have been too many rumors, and the move makes too much sense for the Flames not to deal him.
Of course, he isn't the only player who is likely to find a new home before the deadline passes. Chatter is picking up, and there is a good chance all three of the following guys will find a new home.
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames
With the Flames sitting in 14th place in the Western Conference, it is time for this team to start building toward a better future.
As the trade of Jarome Iginla suggests, the Flames appear to realize this.
But the Flames don't need to stop at that trade. They are also willing to deal the 29-year-old defenseman Bouwmeester. This comes from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
"I think they move Bouwmeester," one NHL team executive told ESPN.com Friday. "But they want a lot for him."
Of course they are asking a lot. There is no rush for them to trade Bouwmeester as their gains will be aimed at enriching the future and not this season. The Flames can keep their demands high, try to establish a bidding war and then accept that best offer at the last minute.
They are in a position to set up the bidding war, too. According to Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun, Philadelphia, Detroit and Ottawa are both showing interest.
Ryane Clowe, San Jose Sharks
Ryane Clowe is currently embroiled in a down year. The 30-year-old winger has yet to notch a goal this season, but he does have 11 assists.
Still, he is a talented and physical player with enough left in the tank to help bolster a contender's attack, and given the flurry of activity we've already witnessed, interest in Clowe appears to be picking up.
This comes to us via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
Ryane Clowe has moved to the top of the NHL's hit list with the trade deadline fast approaching.
After Brenden Morrow (Dallas) and Jarome Iginla (Calgary) both ended up with the Pittsburgh Penguins, teams have circled the San Jose Sharks winger as the latest target as teams try to load up for the post-season.
But, at this point, there are no guarantees Clowe, 30 and an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will be dealt by Wednesday at 3 p.m. He has a no-move clause and there are indications he has given the team a list of acceptable destinations.
While that no-trade clause certainly makes a trade a little more difficult, I wouldn't expect that to prevent him from being dealt.
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
Roberto Luongo's days in Vancouver are likely numbered.
LeBrun gives us gives us an idea of where things stand on this front:
Last week in Phoenix when the Canucks were in town there, Vancouver assistant GM Laurence Gilman met with his old pal and mentor Cliff Fletcher, senior adviser with the Leafs. Those two guys talk all the time but, on this occasion, Fletcher revisited the Luongo dialogue with Gilman.
That conversation between Gilman and Fletcher sparked Vancouver GM Mike Gillis to follow up and phone Toronto GM Dave Nonis this past week to further explore those talks.
The Leafs make a ton of sense. This is a team on the rise and is currently in sixth in the Eastern Conference, but they need to improve their defense if they want to make a strong push to close out the season. Toronto is 16th in goals allowed.
The Leafs have James Reimer, and the 25-year-old has shown promise, but Toronto could use some experience to throw into the mix.
While it remains unclear if Toronto will be able to add the veteran, it appears likely Luongo will be dealt somewhere.