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Jay Bouwmeester was never happy in Florida. And as time ticked on without the talismanic defender signing a new contract, fans became increasingly restless. Media had the smooth-skating Edmonton native linked with virtually all the teams in the Eastern Conference that were above the Panthers in the standings, at one point or another. Boston Bruins? Philadelphia Flyers? Washington Capitals? Where would Jay-Bo end up? He would be traded, wouldnÆt he? It would surely be crazy for the Florida Panthers to keep the man if he so clearly wanted to leave. At the time of the March transfer deadline the noise reached fever pitch. Jay Bouwmeester was the biggest fish in the lake. He was a catch, however, that would come with a hefty price tag attached. Florida management made it clear that Jay was an ...

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