The St. Louis Blues agreed to terms with soon-to-be free agent D Jay Bouwmeester yesterday on a five-year deal worth a reported $27 million (AAV $5.4 million). The Blues continued on their offseason path of re-signing any and all available in-house talent by re-upping Bouwmeester with a contract that goes into effect after the 2013-14 NHL season.
Bouwmeester will play out the final year of his current contract given to him by the Calgary Flames (5 years, $33.4 million) in St. Louis without having to worry about job security next summer.
The veteran D-man recorded seven goals and 15 assists while splitting time between the Flames and the Blues last season, and notched one assist in St. Louis’s six-game opening round postseason series loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Bouwmeester is basically a 30-point man on the blue line and was brought to St. Louis to form the top defensive pair with budding star Alex Pietrangelo. While Bouwmeester won’t wow fans with all-world caliber offensive play, his defensive skills were enough for St. Louis to locking him up until he’s into his mid-thirties.
By contrast, the New York Islanders signed Travis Hamonic to a seven-year deal worth $27 million with a cap hit of approximately $3.857 million. The difference between that deal and Bouwmeester’s is that Hamonic will be 29 when his contract expires, while Bouwmeester is 29 today, before his new deal even kicks in.
Do the math: GM Garth Snow has proven again that he’s able to make the smart signings, while crazier deals work themselves out elsewhere.
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Spent the last 20 minutes kiling time watching #isles playoff games from last season. How can you not be pumped for October?
— mike nieves (@MNieves884) August 1, 2013
Because spending time at work watching Islanders playoff highlights is never a bad idea.
— Ashley March (@MarchHockey) August 2, 2013
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Safe to say, for a player who’s never actually played for the #Isles yet, Cluts will have the best turnout of the summer for his signing?
— IslesBlog (@IslesBlog) August 1, 2013
Because based on the hype we’re seeing on the interwebs, Cal Clutterbuck might have to bring a few extra pictures of himself to sign on Tuesday.
Growing out the stache for some good pics Tuesday at the Coli so better not be a poor showing by #isles fans
— Cal Clutts (@ClutterBuckEgo) August 2, 2013
Because that’s as close to an open threat that you’ll see from the Islanders’ newest enforcer. (Or at least from his parody ego account.)
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Because the Coliseum.
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