The Calgary Flames have traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for St. Louis’ 2013 first-round draft pick, defenseman Mark Cundari, and goalie Reto Barra, according to TSN.CA.

“We’ve been looking to acquire a top left-handed defenceman and Jay represents that and is an elite player in our game,” said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong.

The 29-year-old blueliner has scored six goals and nine assists in 33 games with the Flames this season.

The 2013 first-rounder is a conditional draft pick. If the Blues miss the playoffs, the 2013 first round pick becomes a fourth-rounder and the Flames will receive the Blues’ 2014 first-round pick.

Bouwmeester has one year remaining past this season on a five-year deal he signed prior to the 2009-10 season worth an average annual value of $6.68-million.

A veteran of 10 NHL seasons, Bouwmeester holds the NHL record for most games played without a playoff appearance, breaking Guy Charron’s long-standing record earlier this season.

He was acquired by the Flames via trade from the Florida Panthers prior to the 2009 season.

In 750 career NHL games with the Panthers and Flames, Bouwmeester has scored 71 goals and 229 assists. He was originally selected third overall by the Panthers at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

He has represented Canada internationally on several occasions winning two gold- and one silver medal at the IIHF World Championships, gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey along two silver- and one bronze medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships.


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