Monday, July 28, 2008

Bouwmeester signs

Florida's star defenceman Jay Bouwmeester inks a one-year deal and avoids arbitration, but will still become an unrestricted free agent at age 25 next July 1.

UPDATE I'm tied up with a story for tomorrow, but George Richards will be following this all day.

UPDATE “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Jay,” said Panthers GM Jacques Martin. “He has played an important role on our team over the last five seasons, logging significant ice time while contributing at both ends of the ice. While we recognize that arbitration was an option, we were always confident we would reach a mutually acceptable contract with Jay. We look forward to his continued growth and future contributions to our organization.”

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At 12:47 p.m., July 28, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Just in time for the Leafs to clear the decks and sign him.

At 1:21 p.m., July 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By signing the one year deal - this means he cannot sign a longer term deal now until Jan. 1, 2009 or later.

Since any team wanting to acquire him will first want to ensure they can negotiate a long term deal with him - this means he is unlikely to be traded until after Jan. 1, 2009.

More probably, this means he will be traded at the Feb. 09 trade deadline.

At 3:09 p.m., July 28, 2008, Blogger Stoosh said...

Stone cold gone after this year, if not at the deadline, as anonymous mentioned above.

I think the Good Doctor Mirtle mentioned a few months ago that Bouwmeester was growing more and more frustrated with Florida's lack of direction. The Jokinen deal probably didn't do much to change his mind.

Any Florida fans here? What's the overall perception of this situation from some of the Panthers fans?

At 10:33 p.m., July 28, 2008, Blogger Shane Giroux said...

There are Panthers fans?

I kid, I kid.

At 12:22 a.m., July 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My buddy here in Finland told me that Bouw is not a leader you should give multimillion deal.

Apparently Bouw wants to get closer to home so maybe Dionator and Bouw will end up playing in the same team.

Or Oil signs him after Souray will dedicate his life to nice cars and California like he did last season.

At 4:10 a.m., July 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently Bouw wants to get closer to home so maybe Dionator and Bouw will end up playing in the same team.

Doubt it would be Calgary, then - they don't have the cap space, I don't think, for two really expensive defenders, plus Kipper, plus Iginla.


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