Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/5/14

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 28: Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Colorado Avalanche during their game on October 28, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 3-2. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
   With the Calgary Flames sitting eight points out of an NHL playoff spot on April 1 it seems the club has thrown in the towel for this season. Long-time captain Jarome Iginla was traded away for prospects to the Pittsburgh Penguins last week and the team has now parted ways with veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who was traded to the St. Louis Blues. The Flames received minor league defender Mark Cundari in return along with a conditional first-round draft choice and unsigned goaltender Reto Berra, who is playing this season in Switzerland.    If  Bouwmeester can help the Blues make the postseason this campaign then Calgary will receive their first-round pick in 2013. However, if the Blues fail to make the playoffs then Calgary will receive a fourth-rounder in 2013 and a first-round pick in 2014. At the time of the trade, St. Louis was hanging onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets. ...
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