Jay Bouwmeester is gone to Calgary as defenseman Jordan Leopold comes to Florida along with the Flames third round pick.
Not too bad I suppose because basically it's a third round pick. Leopold is, like Jay, a free agent come July 1.
Now it's up to the Panthers to sign him, which I assume they want to do. So now Florida has the 44th pick in the second round and the 67th in the third.
We'll see what happens from here.
Word from Randy Sexton sometime after Florida's third round pick...
-- Leopold started last season in Colorado and ended up in Calgary. In 83 games (hey, I thought they only played 82 in the NHL?), he scored seven goals with 17 assists. Last season he made $1.5 million, so if he wants to play in Florida, the money is there for him.
-- Jay Bouwmeester, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, spent the past seven seasons with the Panthers after Florida made him the third overall selection of the 2002 draft. Bouwmeester was a two-time All-Star and a member of the Canadian Olympic team in 2006.
Bouwmeester played in all 82 games for the Panthers in each of the past four seasons.
-- With their second round pick, the Panthers took US center Drew Shore. A member of the US developmental team, Shore was ranked 28th among North American skaters.
-- With Calgary's pick, Florida takes winger Josh Birkholz who will attend the University of Mi nesota next year. Birkholz becomes the third American to join the Florida organization in the past hour or so, joining Leopold and Shore.
--The Panthers have made some deals and picked up two more picks. Here's what we got today: A lot of Americans and a lot of forwards.
C DREW SHORE
How acquired: Second round pick, 44th overall
Age, hometown: 18; Denver
The skinny: A good playmaking center, Shore had 32 assists in 62
games with the United States Developmental Program team last season,
scoring 17 points in 17 international games. Shore will attend the
University of Denver in his hometown next season.
LW JOSH BIRKHOLZ
How acquired: Third round pick, 67th overall
Age, hometown: 18; St. Louis Park, Minn.
The skinny: A speedy skater, Birkholz scored 21 goals with 15 assists
in 55 games with the Fargo Force of the USHL last season. Birkholz
will stay close to home and attend the University of Minnesota next
LW GARRETT WILSON
How acquired: Fourth round pick, 107th overall
Age, hometown: 18; Barrie, Canada
The skinny: Wilson has good size and is said to have a good nose for
the net. Wilson played 53 games for the Owen Sound Attack in 2008-09,
scoring 17 goals with 18 assists winning his team's award for leadership and perseverance.
C CORBAN KNIGHT
How acquired: Fourth round pick, 135th overall
Age, hometown: 18; Oliver, British Columbia
The skinny: Knight led all rookies and finished eighth in the Alberta
Junior Hockey League with 72 points (34-38-72) in 61 games. He also
finished tied for third in playoff goals (10). Knight will play at
the University of North Dakota in the 2010-11 season.
C WADE MEGAN
How acquired: Fifth round pick, 138th overall
Age, hometown: 17; Canton, N.Y.
The skinny: An obvious prospect, Megan played high school hockey the
past two seasons at the
South Kent School in Connecticut. He
scored 27 goals in 32 games last season.
C SCOTT TIMMINS
How acquired: Sixth round pick, 165th overall
Age, hometown: 19; Hamilton, Ontario
The skinny: A former player of coach Pete DeBoer with the Kitchener
Rangers, Timmins split last season with the Rangers and Windsor,
scoring 35 goals. Timmins is eligible to play in the Panthers' minor
league system next season.