Bouwmeester, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, was acquired by Calgary in a trade with the Florida Panthers as the NHL entry draft wrapped up Saturday with the final six rounds at the Bell Centre.
"I think we have everybody under contract that we want under contract, and we're trying to get him under contract," Sutter said.
The suspense leading up to the start of the 2009 entry draft peaked at its outset Friday night when New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow tabbed high-scoring center John Tavares as the No. 1 pick overall.
Those who thought more trades would follow were sorely disappointed. With a few minor deals completed Saturday, aside from the trade involving Bouwmeester, Toronto GM Brian Burke noted that it's difficult to find a trading partner willing to take on multi-year deals in the current economy.
"Right now, if you've got contracts of any term on them it's really hard to move guys," Burke said. "I thought there'd be more activity but I'm not quite sure why there wasn't."
"The test will be if they sign him," Burke said. "If they sign him, then it was a very successful gamble. I mean, this kid's a good player."
A 6-foot-4, 214-pound native of Edmonton, the 25-year-old Bouwmeester had spent his entire career with Florida, which drafted him third overall in 2002.
"I chatted a couple of times with his agent and at that point in time it was just clear that they really wanted to have the opportunity to exercise his free agency right," Panthers acting GM Randy Sexton said. "About 18 months ago they gave us a list of teams that they were interested in and Calgary was right at the very top. He's an Alberta boy and Darryl's an aggressive guy, he's clever, he's creative - I think he'll find a way to get them."
Bouwmeester, who had 15 goals and 27 assists last season, never made a playoff appearance in six full seasons with the Panthers. He has 53 goals and 150 assists in 471 games.
"To be able to play with guys like Dion and Robyn for a long time, that to me is pretty significant," Sutter said.
Leopold, who has been traded four times, also is eligible for free agency next week.
"We're going to try to sign him," Sexton said. "We don't know if we will or not but we're going to try. We think he's a mobile puck-moving guy who will be a really fine replacement for Jay."
Minnesota acquired center Kyle Brodziak from Edmonton for fourth- and fifth-round draft picks.
NHL bloodlines were in full evidence once again during the draft.
Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, whose son Chris was chosen 33rd overall by Washington in 2006, saw another of his sons drafted when the New York Rangers selected Ryan Bourque in the third round, 80th overall.
"Well, just his influence on me has been tremendous," Ryan Bourque said. "Even off-ice, just to see him day in and day out with the way he handles things, his character and professionalism. Then you've got on-ice things such as skills and it's just been great to have him there and to learn from him."
Buffalo drafted left wing Marcus Foligno, the son of former Sabres star Mike Foligno, in the fourth round, 104th overall. Mike Foligno's older son, Nick Foligno, is a left wing with the Ottawa Senators.