Flames Trade Bouwmeester, Give Leafs Permission to Talk to Kiprusoff

uspw_7095392As if it wasn’t clear before, the Calgary Flames are officially having a fire sale. A few days after the departure of Jarome Iginla, the club traded defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues.

In exchange for the blueliner, the Flames get St. Louis’ 2013 first round draft pick, defenceman Mark Cundari and goalie Reto Barra.

“We’ve been looking to acquire a top left-handed defenceman and Jay represents that and is an elite player in our game,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

It should be noted that the first round draft pick is conditional. If the Blues miss the post-season, the 2013 pick moves to the fourth round and Calgary also gets a 2014 first round pick out of the arrangement.

Along with moving Bouwmeester, who had a year left on his contract, the Flames gave the Toronto Maple Leafs permission to talk to goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Toronto has made no bones about the fact that they’re shopping for a goalie, having shown considerable interest in Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo over the last while. In talking to Kiprusoff, they could be trying to push down the potential value on Luongo or they could be actually trying to move for the Calgary netminder after deciding that Roberto’s camp is asking too much.

At this point and time, we know that the Leafs have been talking contract extension with the Kiprusoff’s agent. The goalie has a year to go on his contract, so adding value to his signing by offering him extra years can’t hurt.

Toronto GM Dave Nonis has said that he believes he has two NHL calibre goalies in his club’s wheelhouse already, but he’s not ruling out actually moving on something significant. I think the talks with Luongo and now Kiprusoff seem to suggest that he’s past the kicking the tires phase and may be looking to make a splash for the Leafs.

“We’re not trying to necessarily sell off players for future assets,” he told reporters on Monday. “I would prefer a hockey trade where we’re giving up some assets and getting assets back. It’s difficult to find that right now. A lot of teams are saying the same thing right now, it’s not a year where there’s a lot of players available.”

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