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July 12, 2012 | 11:01am ET
Could Bouwmeester move to Edmonton?
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Speculation has suggested for some time that Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester could be on his way out, but the Edmonton Journal wonders if the blueliner could be traded to the arch-rival Oilers this summer.

While Flames GM Jay Feaster may not have openly admitted to shopping Bouwmeester, he is still reportedly exploring options to move him and the Oilers could be a good fit for the 28-year-old.

It is no secret that the Oilers are trying to bolster their blueline, but it would remain to be seen if Bouwmeester, who has a no-trade clause, would agree to play in his hometown.

Although the Oilers could manage to take on Bouwmeester's contract, which has two seasons left at an annual cap hit of $6.68 million, such a significant deal might be hard to complete between the two rivals.

Feaster has remained mum on what it would take to part ways with Bouwmeester and the Oilers would make forward Sam Gagner an untouchable in this potential deal to ensure their division rival does not get the skilled center.

The Oilers could offer Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz or Ryan Whitney, as the first two have two years left on their contracts and Whitney has struggled with several injuries, but has just one year left on his deal.

Though Bouwmeester could be a good fit for the Oilers, the Journal notes that a trade appears unlikely due to the rivalry between the two teams.

Other clubs have looked at the possibility of acquiring Bouwmeester as the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes have asked about his availability.

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