Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jordan Leopold and the 67th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft Draft.
"We gave up a good unrestricted player and a third round pick, so I think we gave up a lot," said Sutter.
Bouwmeester, a native of Edmonton, AB, completed his sixth season with the Panthers in 08-09, recording 42 points with 15 goals and 27 assists.
"I'm from Edmonton and I have connections in this neck of the woods. (The Flames) are a great team and a good organization, I'm looking forward to meeting with them," said Bouwmeester.
"There's a lot to think about, I'm sure over the next couple of days we'll get together and see what's up."
The 6’4”, 213lb defenseman has notched 203 points in 471 career NHL games. Bouwmeester was the Florida Panthers 1st round pick (3rd overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Having spent his entire career with the Panthers, his emotions about the team are mixed.
"I have mixed feelings about (the Panthers)," said Bouwmeester. "Anytime you move on it's tough, but at the same time there's a lot of unrest and turnover there. That's just the way it is I guess."