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.