After the Blackhawks announced the acquisition of veteran center Michal Handzus, two other Western Conference teams made significant moves on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Kings traded a second round pick in the 2014 and 2015 Drafts to the Buffalo Sabres for veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr.
That move came at almost the same time as the St. Louis Blues made another trade to help their blue line. After adding Jordan Leopold earlier in the week, St. Louis traded a conditional first round pick in this summer’s draft and two prospects to Calgary for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
The conditions of the Bouwmeester trade are simple: the deal has to help the Blues. If St. Louis qualifies for the playoffs this season, Calgary receives a first round pick in the 2013 Draft. If the Blues are left out of the postseason, the Flames would receive a fourth round pick in the 2013 Draft and a first in the 2014 Draft.
St. Louis already traded their second round pick in the 2013 Draft to Buffalo for Leopold.
If the pick is a first rounder in 2013, the Flames would become the second organization to hold three first round picks in this summer’s NHL Draft; the other is the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Calgary also acquired defenseman Mark Cundari and netminder Reto Berra. Cundari, who will turn 23 at the end of April, has accumulated 70 total points over the last three seasons with Peoria. Berra, 26, played with Biel in the Swiss-A league this season.
The Blues had a busy day on Monday. They also announce they had ended their partnership with Peoria as their AHL affiliate; the Vancouver Canucks will take over that relationship, meaning the Chicago Wolves will be working with a new NHL organization for the 2013-14 season.