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Published: April 1st 2013 @ 8:32 PM



St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from Calgary in exchange for defenseman Mark Cundari, the rights to goaltender Reto Berra as well as a conditional 1st round pick and 4th round pick in 2013.


 “We've been looking to acquire a top left handed defenseman and Jay represents that and is an elite player in our game,” said Armstrong.


Cundari, 22, is in his third professional season and represented the Peoria Rivermen at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic. All 173 games of his professional career have been in a Rivermen sweater. The Woodbridge, Ontario native recorded 70 points (20 goals, 50 assists) and 248 penalty minutes in his time in Peoria.


Bouwmeester, 29, has dressed in 33 games for the Flames this season posting 15 points (six goals, nine assists) and 16 penalty minutes while ranking 13th among all defenseman in time on ice per game (25:09).  The 6’4, 212-pound defenseman has appeared in 10 National Hockey League (NHL) season, including stints with Florida and Calgary, recording 300 points (71 goals, 229 assists) and 463 penalty minutes in 750 career games.  In addition, Bouwmeester has played in 621 consecutive NHL games.


The Edmonton, Alberta native was originally drafted by Florida in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft.  Bouwmeester is not considered a roster player pending immigration.