Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 12 '79

Jay Bouwmeester's playoff drought might finally be nearing its end.

Bouwmeester has played in 750 NHL games, but has never appeared in a postseason contest. The Flames sent him to the St. Louis Blues on Monday, who are battling for a playoff spot. St. Louis is tied with the ninth place Nashville Predators in points, but the Blues have played in three less games. Still, the Blues have a tough road ahead now that Jaroslav Halak is injured and likely to miss several weeks.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 11 '79

The Calgary Flames have traded Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Mark Cundari, Reta Berra, and a conditional draft pick.

If the Blues make the playoffs, then Calgary Flames will get their first rounder in 2013. If St. Louis doesn't play in the postseason, then the Flames will get their fourth round pick in 2013 and their first round pick in 2014. The Blues also acquired blueliner Jordan Leopold on Saturday. Although they were in ninth place going into Monday's games, clearly the Blues are willing to make significant sacrifices in the hope that they'll make the 2013 playoffs. After bolstering their defense over the last few days, they might surprise teams once they get there. From a fantasy perspective, this deal doesn't help Bouwmeester in any significant way. It might improve his plus/minus rating, but he won't get much power-play ice time behind Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. It's worth adding that Bouwmeester is signed through the 2013-14 campaign, so he's more than just a rental.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 08 '79

Veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, subject of strong trade rumors, remains an assistant captain with the Calgary Flames for now.

And Bouwmeester shrugs off coach Bob Hartley's decision to keep the Flames captainless without the recently traded Jarome Iginla. "I don't think it matters," he explained. "Just because you don't have a captain, I mean there's lots of teams where you don't have one guy. It's a letter on a jersey. There's lots of guys in here who have played for a long time and know how to be a leader. Guys do it in different ways. (Jarome's) been here so long. You can't just replace him."

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 07 '79

With Jarome Iginla gone, the trade rumors in Calgary are now focused on Jay Bouwmeester.

Bouwmeester is signed through the 2013-14 campaign, so there's less urgency to trade him. At the same time, they might want to avoid putting themselves in the position they did with Iginla: Where they refused to trade him through years of losing only to be forced to finally do so when his contract was expiring. It's worth noting that Bouwmeester, like Iginla, was given a no-movement clause, so ultimately he has a lot of control over what happens next. It's worth noting that Jay Bouwmeester has played in 749 regular season games, but has never participated in the postseason.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 30 '78

With six goals and 14 points after 27 games this season, veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is attracting attention in NHL trade talks.

Rumors are circulating that the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators covet him. "I don't listen to the rumours or anything like that. I know it's out there and people talk about it, but no one really knows anything," said Bouwmeester, who has a no-trade clause and is signed for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free-agent.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 28 '78

Jay Bouwmeester potted a goal in the Calgary Flames' 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars Monday night.

Bouwmeester is finally showing Calgary fans why the Flames spent big money on him in 2009. With six goals and 14 points in 27 games this season, Bouwmeester is enjoying a very solid fantasy season. He should be owned in every league.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 23 '78

Jay Bouwmeester netted his fifth goal of the season on Wednesday.

Bouwmeester didn't live up to expectations from a fantasy perspective for years after heading over to Calgary, but that's changed. He's been a solid fantasy option with 13 points in 25 games this season. There's also plenty of trade speculation surrounding him, but it's worth noting that he's signed through 2013-14 and has a no-trade clause.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 22 '78

Jay Bouwmeester is aware of the trade speculation surrounding him.

When the Calgary Flames got him in the summer of 2009, he was regarded as a critical piece of the team's potential Stanley Cup run. That obviously didn't work out and Bouwmeester has now played in 741 career NHL games without ever reaching the playoffs.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 16 '78

Why doesn't Jay Bouwmeester wear a visor? Because he doesn't have to.

"There's no good excuse not to wear one," Bouwmeester said. "When people say, 'You're stupid not to wear one,' I'm not going to disagree, but there a lot of things in life that make more sense and people still do." Without making visors mandatory, there might always be some players that choose not to wear them. The debate over visors has heated up since Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was struck in the eye by a puck on Tuesday.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 03 '78

The Calgary Flames have managed just one goal in their last two games.

For the most part, the one area the Flames have done decently in is their ability to find the back of the net. If they start to struggle in that regard too over an extended duration, then the talk might move from a playoff spot entirely to their chance at the first pick overall in 2012. "It's hard to put a finger on," Jay Bouwmeester said about their recent offensive difficulties. "We need to generate more and put everything at the net. Nowadays, so much happens just off of that." Bouwmeester added that the good news is that they'll play again on Saturday, so they won't have much time to dwell on their struggles before they get a chance to reverse them.