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Jay Bouwmeester says leaving for St. Louis is 'bittersweet'

Former Calgary Flame Jay Bouwmeester talks to the media at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on...

Former Calgary Flame Jay Bouwmeester talks to the media at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on April 2, 2013 after it was announced he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

Jay Bouwmeester's four-season stay at the Saddledome ended with Tuesday's brief media availability in the entranceway to the Avison Young Club.

And no playoff games.

Not exactly what the big-minute, big-ticket blueliner had in mind when he signed a five-year, US$33.4-million deal with the Calgary Flames just hours before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2009.

“Any time you're standing here doing this, it's probably because things didn't quite go how you would have planned,” said Bouwmeester, chatting with Calgary's sports media one more time after Monday's trade to the St. Louis Blues.

“When I first came here, there was a lot of optimism and I was super excited to be here and everything looked great going forward.

“You know, things change. It could have been a lot better. Having said that, there are up and downs everywhere. I enjoyed playing here. It's a great place to play.

“It's a bittersweet sort of thing.”

As Bon Jovi'


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