The Calgary Flames continue to sell off high-end assets as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches.
Monday night, the club moved defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional first-round pick, minor-league defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra, an unsigned draft choice playing in Switzerland.
The Flames will receive the Blues' 2013 first-round pick if St. Louis qualifies for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If the Blues miss the playoffs, the Flames instead will receive a 2013 fourth-round pick from the Blues and their 2014 first-round selection.
The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
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Calgary GM Jay Feaster said that the Flames initiated this deal, not the player.
"We asked him for his list of teams – he did not request it," Feaster told Fan 960 radio in Calgary. "We did have some conversations with Jay over the past few weeks in terms of where he would be as far as an extension when we're able to sign one in the summer. We just felt that that was probably not a realistic possibility for us. We initiated it from the beginning. [There was] nothing from Jay, other than the fact that he was willing to work with us."
Bouwmeester, 29, has played 750 regular-season games without appearing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has played for the Florida Panthers and Calgary during a career that began in 2002. He has 71 goals and 229 assists for his career.