Since before the March 4 trade deadline the big question has been where will Jay Bouwmeester end up? The 25-year-old defenceman was involved in trade rumors that had him going to Philadelphia, but the deal never materialized. Then the question was with whom would he sign? Then we paused and remembered his rights could be traded at the draft for picks, which is exactly what happened. Now JayBo is locked in for the next five years with an annual cap hit of around $6.7 million to his new team the Calgary Flames.
But is he worth it?
Bouwmeester now makes more money than teammates Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr, despite being perhaps the biggest liability in the NHL. Bouwmeester has never produced a 50-point season in the NHL (Phaneuf has two) and has spent most of his career below even in plus/minus (he only has one season above plus-1).
So why all the hype for JayBo? I ask this seriously because his number just don't match with his value. And, for a team coming off perhaps the worst defensive efforts in the history of hockey, paying nearly $7 million for offense seems like a waste when GM Darryl Sutter is already close to the cap ceiling (remember how they had to play with a short bench at the end of the year because they couldn't afford their players?).
So someone, please, explain this to me.