The St. Louis Blues had been in search of a left-handed defenseman that could play heavy minutes and help contribute in an offensive capacity. On Monday, they got that with the acquisition of Jay Bouwmeester in a trade with the Calgary Flames.
“We’ve been looking to acquire a top left-handed defenseman and Jay represents that and is an elite player in our game,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.
As per the Blues’ statement, Bouwmeester is not considered a roster player at this time, pending immigration.
Armstrong reiterated his comments to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Blues were in action on the ice Monday night, as well.
St. Louis had a 3-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild in the third period. The Blues had lost three games in a row and, as of Monday morning, were not in a playoff position.
The Blues sat ninth in the Western Conference standings, one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.