Bouwmeester was acquired mid-season by the Blues in a deal with the Calgary Flames. He had one year remaining on his current deal, placing him under team control until the end of the 2018-19 season. The 29-year-old veteran scored a goal and recorded six assists in 14 regular season games with St. Louis. He had just one point in the Blues' six-game series with the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
While the price paid for Bouwmeester may seem steep, the Blues have shown a willingness to commit to spending big on defensemen. St. Louis has been busy this offseason, inking fellow defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk to a four-year deal and right winger Chris Stewart to a two-year deal. A full look at the Blues' offseason moves can be found here.