Panthers decide to retain Bouwmeester
Though its clear form everywhere else, Rotoworld is now claiming this to be official that there was no trade made.
Jay Bouwmeester will remain with the Florida Panthers for the rest of the season.
There was ample speculation that Bouwmeester would be dealt by Wednesday's 3 p.m., but the Panthers elected to keep the pending unrestricted free agent for their playoff push.
Retaining Bouwmeester will definatley help with the Panthers, now a 6th seed and only 1 point back of the 5th seed, playoff push. Retaining Bouwmeester also sends a strong message to both the players and fans that the Florida Panthers are seriously running hard into the playoffs.
Bouwmeester will have increased value if he has a decent playoff appearence. Though he is an UFA this off-season, it is still possible the Panthers trade him prior to free agency. Many teams will be looking for his services, so the Panthers may still be able to get some value for him during the offseason, or, if they are really luck, convince Bouwmeester to do a sign-and-trade.
So, what does everyone thing on this?
One day, I will own a new NFL team, and to it I will sign:
QB: Michael Vick, RB: Ricky Williams, RB: Lendale White, WR: Terrel Owens, WR: Chad Johnson, WR: Plaxico Burress, WR: Chris Henry, TE: Jeremy Shockey, LB Ray Lewis, CB Deangelo Hall, CB Pacman Jones, DT Tank Johnson, and fill the holes with Bengles and Raiders.
Noone will #$@! with us, or we'll send our new offensive cooridnator Rae Carruth their way...