GILLIS’ BOUWMEESTER INQUIRY

by Ron Spence

We know that there was some Bouwmeester foreplay.

Mike Gillis talked to to Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin at 5:45 a.m. PST – deadline day.

He was inquiring about Jay Bouwmeester and it was a short conversation.

“I asked him what he needed in return, he told me and it was undoable,” Gillis said. “It was a brief discussion and it didn’t go any further.”

“I don’t think I should say the number [of GMs who called],” Jacques Martin said, “but there were legitimate offers. They were offers that didn’t fulfill our needs. I wanted two players in return, a defenseman who could play in our top four. Some teams thought their defense could play in our top four. Obviously I didn’t. We did have some offers.”

You know that Kevin Bieksa was the “top four” Dman who Martin wanted.

And I would speculate that Ryan Kessler would have been the forward.

The main problem, however, was that Bouwmeester will be an unrestricted free agent in four months.

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2 responses to “GILLIS’ BOUWMEESTER INQUIRY

  1. Yep…great decision by MG. If we could have somehow guaranteed a signed JayBo then it might have been different but Bieksa and a roster player for a rental would have been an huge mistakeo!

  2. Vancouver General Manager Mike Gillis was willing to give up winger Mason Raymond and a first-round pick, the Vancouver Province reported, but when Panthers GM Jacques Martin made it clear he wanted either defensemen Kevin Bieksa or Alex Elder, a potential deal was dead.

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