By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
CALGARY, CANADA – APRIL 5: Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames skates against Samuel Pahlsson #26 of the Vancouver Canucks on April 5, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
While NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners cried lockout today, MLive.com reported that the Detroit Red Wings made an offer to the Calgary Flames for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
Detroit has been rumored to have interest in Bouwmeester, but the news of the Achilles tendon tear suffered by Philadelphia’s Andrej Meszaros may have spurred the Red Wings into talks in an effort to beat the Flyers to the table.
The 28-year-old Bouwmeester has two years left on a contract that carries an average annual cap hit of $6.68 million. With over $13 million in cap space, Detroit can afford the 6-foot-4, 214-pound Edmonton native’s price tag. However, any trade would likely require Detroit to give up some pieces.