Friday, July 25, 2008

Bouwmeester likely headed to arbitration

Have spoken to a number of folks within the organization (none of whom own the initials J.M.) and even a couple of players. Not one thinks Jay [Bouwmeester] signs a long-term deal here before his hearing, and only one said he expects Jay to be here come the start of the 2009-10 season. It appears to me that there isn't just one reason why Jay isn't a big fan of the Panthers; there are quite a few issues here.

Jay's agent told our Barry Jackson that he rejected the Panthers most recent offer (I have heard almost $6 million per for six years but cannot get that confirmed by the agent nor JM) and they are preparing for arbitration.
I'd heard Bouwmeester was looking for "Phaneuf-type money" and this contract Richards talks about is pretty darn close to that. Florida is desperate to keep its last real franchise player on the roster after dealing away captain Olli Jokinen for two defenders.

I'll have more on Bouwmeester in the near future.

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At 9:30 p.m., July 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be wrong in some ways but Bouwmeester is going to get same kind of money as Phaneuf if he is willing to give 4-6 UFA years in term.

I would take Phaneuf, Weber, Green, Pitkanen and Burns before Bouwmeester but this doesn’t make Bouw a bad player. He is very good young D but also limited upside. What you see is what you’re going to get.

Excellent skating and reach, fairly good skills and average physical contribution. But Bouw is not physically punishing or nasty. He is not captain type. Maybe a leader in leading by example kind of way but he is so shy that he need booze to get courage to drive his car.

Offensively he doesn’t have that extra to become 60-70 point dominant PP quarterback. But he is very good and when he leaves Florida it’s going to be another blow to that organisation which should be relocated yesterday.


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