Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 3/30/13
Now that Jarome Iginla has departed Calgary, teams have stepped up their bidding for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. Since he has a year remaining on his contract – at $6.6 million – contenders might be willing to spend more for him that they would on a rental player like Iginla.The St. Louis Blues are shopping for a defenseman to pair with Alex Pietrangelo. That team could offer winger Ty Rattie, who excelled playing with Flames prospect Sven Baertschi in the Western Hockey League. The Blues could easily part with young defenseman Ian Cole and draft picks to make a deal.The Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins are just some of the other potential destinations.Bouwmeester, 29, isn’t a physical player. But he can rush the puck and he his famously durable, with 620 consecutive games played and counting. He has no-trade protection in his contract, so the Flames are already discussing trade possibilities with him. The Flames need to rebuild and Bouwmeester has an opportunity to orchestrate h
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