Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/23/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun offers quite the scoop as to why the Detroit Red Wings did not win the Jay Bouwmeester sweepstakes (aside from the fact that the Wings would have been nuts to take on all of Bouwmeester's $6.68 million cap hit for next season given that the team needs to re-sign UFA's-to-beJimmy Howard and Damien Brunner, decide whether to re-sign Valtteri Filppula, Danny Cleary, Drew Miller and/or Ian White, and ink RFA's-to-be Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Jakub Kindl to contract extensions, all during an off-season in which the salary cap will decline): The Wings were in on Bouwmeester, but, in the end, they didn’t get him because they didn’t include a first-round pick, a source told ESPN.com. Which quite frankly, is a smart, smart, smart decision by Wings GM Ken Holland. Yes, Bouwmeester is the top-four D-man the Wings have been craving all year, but Detroit is not in a position organizationally to be trading first-round picks. ...
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