Calgary Flames Trade Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis Blues
According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Calgary Flames have reportedly traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Flames will receive a first-round draft choice, defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra.
NHL.com has confirmed this trade to be official.
Per McKenzie, the draft pick is protected during the 2013 NHL draft. If St. Louis misses the playoffs in 2013, the pick defers to 2014 and the Flames receive a fourth-round draft pick.
CGY trades Jay Bouwmeester to STL for 1st round pick, D Mark Cundari and Swiss G Reta Berra.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 2, 2013
STL 1st rder is lottery protected for this yr. That is, IF STL misses 2013 playoffs, 1st rder defers to 2014, STL throws in 4th rder this yr— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 2, 2013
This is yet another move by Calgary in an active trade season that already saw Jarome Iginla join the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bouwmeester, 29, is a two-time All-Star with career numbers of 71 goals and 229 assists for 300 total points. Through 33 games in 2012-13, Bouwmeester has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points.
That includes one power-play goal and four power-play assists.
Cundari is a 22-year-old defenseman from Woodbridge, Ontario. He has yet to play an NHL game but won two Memorial Cup championships with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.
Cundari went undrafted in 2010.
Berra is a 26-year-old goaltender from Switzerland. At 6'5" and 200 pounds, he's a respected international prospect that went in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL entry draft.
Berra currently plays for EHC Biel in Switzerland.
This is a continuation of a very active trade season for Calgary, as Iginla turned down a trade to the Boston Bruins (via ESPN Boston). The Flames ended up trading Iginla to the Penguins after he spent more than 15 years in Calgary.
Bouwmeester spent the past four years with the Flames after playing the first five with the Florida Panthers. He was the third overall draft choice during the 2002 NHL draft.
Bouwmeester has been nothing short of durable, playing all but 21 games in his nine-plus year career.
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