Jay Bouwmeester D STL May 14 '79
Veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, 29, said that the reason he signed a five-year, $27-million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues is that the talent is already in place.
"It seems like that they've got pretty much everyone signed now through at least the next couple of years," he said. "You've got that nucleus of guys that probably aren't going anywhere ... The fact that everyone is going to be back, and you add some guys, there's some optimism going forward." Bouwmeester was aware that the Blues wanted to make him part of that nucleus, but wasn't sure how long the club had in mind. He was impressed when GM Doug Armstrong proposed adding five years to his existing deal. "The first offer that was talked about was for that length," Bouwmeester said. "For them to show that interest and I guess have faith in me for that period of time, as a player, you view that as a real positive thing." Bouwmeester has played in 764 regular-season games, but he doesn't turn 30 until September. He will be 36 when his new contract expires.
Jay Bouwmeester D STL May 13 '79
St. Louis Blues sign Jay Bouwmeester to five-year, $27 million contract extension.
The deal kicks in starting with the 2014-15 season, which means he's under contract for the next six seasons. The Blues acquire Bouwmeester from Calgary at the trade deadline and the veteran defenseman got to experience his first career postseason with St. Louis. Bouwmeester isn't the fantasy weapon he used to be, but he remain a solid depth option in most fantasy pools.
Jay Bouwmeester D STL Feb 03 '79
Jay Bouwmeester is getting ready for his first postseason game.
Bouwmeester, 29, has played in 762 career contests without participating in a playoff game. However, the St. Louis Blues have clinched a playoff berth. "I think they have a good team here, we have a team that's kind of built for that (playoff) kind of hockey," he said. "That's the focus now, it's not just getting in. We want to win. It's fun winning, we've had a pretty good stretch here. It's a young group of guys; I kind of feel a little old sometimes but it's been fun. I've enjoyed my time here -- and hopefully I have a long time here." Bouwmeester is signed through the 2013-14 campaign.
Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 26 '79
Jay Bouwmeester recorded his first goal with the Blues in a 2-1 shootout win versus Vancouver on Tuesday night.
He had three assists in his first two games with St. Louis, but had gone five straight matches without a point entering Tuesday's match-up. Still, Bouwnmeester has been a solid addition to the Blues' lineup since he was acquired from Calgary. David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo assisted on his marker, while Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout to give St. Louis the win.
Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 14 '79
Jay Bouwmeester made his debut with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Bouwmeester logged 25:06 minutes, which believe it or not was still second to Alex Pietrangelo. Bouwmeester also had two PIM and assisted on David Backes' goal. The Blues earned a 4-3 shootout win and have a fragile hold on the eighth seed. Bouwmeester has now played in 751 career NHL games without ever making the postseason, but his drought might finally be nearing its end.
Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 13 '79
Jay Bouwmeester will make his St. Louis debut Thursday night when the Blues take on Chicago.
He will be skate alongside Alex Pietrangelo on the team's top pairing. "I know what kind of player he is," Bouwmeester said of Pietrangelo. "He's a talented, big guy who can move the puck and skate. I'm really excited. He's right-handed. I haven't played the left side in a while. That's where I prefer to be. I just want to fit in and help out."
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.