Some good quotes in here:
“(The team) mentioned something at the end of the year that at some point over the summer they’d be in touch, throw things around and see where everyone’s at,” Bouwmeester said. “When we started talking, it was good, it was exciting. When I got there, it seemed like a good fit, a good spot and it’s somewhere that I want to be for a while.
“We certainly gave up a major piece — a first-round pick and two other prospects — to get him,” Armstrong said. “We were content on doing that to try and have a really good push to last season ... and knowing we’d have a pretty good opportunity to try to (re-sign) him.
“It was exciting when I talked to Jay and his representation that they felt this was a team that was on the rise and a team that he wanted to be part of. We’re entering a new phase in our organization with this current group. Now we’re a place we’re good players want to be.”
Bouwmeester said that the reason is because the talent is already here.
“It seems like that they’ve got pretty much everyone signed now through at least the next couple of years,” he said. “You’ve got that nucleus of guys that probably aren’t going anywhere ... The fact that everyone is going to be back, and you add some guys, there’s some optimism going forward.”
“Forwards, I deem their prime years from 24, 25-32 and defensemen from 27-34, so I think he’s going to be able to play through his prime during this term,” Armstrong said.
Hearing him say those things make me like the guy even more. I'm excited for some hockey. Is it time yet?