(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues acquired defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames on Monday. The announcement was made by general manager Doug Armstrong at the conclusion of the first period against the Minnesota Wild.
In exchange for the left-handed defenseman, the Blues will send defenseman Mark Cundari, goaltender Reto Berra and a first-round draft pick to Calgary. If the Blues miss the playoffs this year, the first round pick in 2013 will become a fourth round pick and a first round selection in 2014.
“We've been looking to acquire a top left handed defenseman and Jay represents that and is an elite player in our game,” Armstrong said.
Bouwmeester, 29, has 300 points (71 goals, 229 assists) in 750 games played. He has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) with a minus-eleven rating, including minus-4 in his last game, in 33 games played. He has played 82 games in a single season eight times in nine full NHL seasons.
The move now makes for a crowded defense. The Blues currently have Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Barret Jackman, Kris Russell, Roman Polak, Wade Redden, Jordan Leopold and Ian Cole on the active roster.
Bouwmeester is currently under contract for next season.