JayBo to Philadelphia? In a NY Minute!
With all due respect to Danny Briere, I would drive the face of the franchise for Homer's 2007/08 off-season acquisitions directly to the airport, speeding past cops on I-95 and waving them on to give me a police escort and give Ryan Parent or Randy Jones bus fare, two bucks for a cup of coffee an old copy of Maxim in order to land one of the young, premier shutdown defenseman studs in the game.
This beast is 26 years old, 6'4" and 212 on dry land...imagine that mass barreling down on you with the help of being on skates and holding a weapon. Make no mistake, however, JayBo is not some goon. He was the #3 draft pick in the 2002 draft, played on the NHL-All-Rookie Team and in the NHL YoungStars Game in 2002-2003, made the NHL All-Star Team in 2006-07 with the following line:
Currently, Bouwmeester leads a pretty bad Panthers team in games played, points scored, is third in PIM, tied for the lead in PP goals, leads PP assists and is second on the team in shots taken.
Is this guy the second coming? I don't know. Could he anchor the Flyers' first defensive pairing for many years to come? Abso-freakin-lutely! He is the sort of player that can change the way teams play against the Orange and Black - when was the last time we had a defender that could do such a thing?
I am thinking, Mark Howe.
If I were Homer, I would make this deal in a heart beat and not look back. Besides a solid #1 goalie, this would be the one piece that might help Philadelphia get over the hump and get back to playing for Lord Stanley's hardware. This guy is that good and he is unhappy where he is in South Florida. He just needs a transplant to South Philly.
Bring JayBo HERE!
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