Red Wings Concerned Flyers Will Pursue Trade For Jay Bouwmeester, According To Report
On Thursday, Michigan news outlet Mlive.com ran a report citing a source that stated that the Detroit Red Wings are interested in acquiring Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
According to the report, the Flames and Wings are in negotiations to figure out a deal to bring the 28-year old Edmonton native to Detroit.
With the acquisition of Dennis Wideman in June and the fact that Calgary currently sits with a $66.6 million payroll for next season under the current $70.2 million cap, the team could stand to lose Bouwmeester’s $6.68 annual cap-hit (and have been rumored to want to do that, as well).
Considering that Detroit has $13 million in cap-space, Bouwmeester could be a logical solution to solidify a backend that the organization has been trying to add to all offseason.
However, there may be a problem with the Red Wings’ plans; the Philadelphia Flyers.
One road block to a potential deal with Calgary could be the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Red Wings are concerned Philadelphia will make a big pitch for Bouwmeester after Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn Achilles tendon that will sideline for the season.
Given the Flyers aggressive history, a move like this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
In fact, it’s kind of what has come to be expected of Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and the Philadelphia front office.
However, as of this time, no major Philadelphia outlet has run a report citing a source stating that the Flyers are interested in/are pursuing Bouwmeester.
But as most hockey fans know anything is possible with the Flyers.
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