Bouwmeester lacks enthusiasm, yet he has played in over 600 consecutive games in the NHL. He has flaws, but that argument is baseless. Lack of emotion doesn't mean a player has no desire. Again, Bouwmeester has always been a reserved figure on/off the ice.
He lacks enthusiasm on the ice, a trait for which people on this forum habitually lambast Franzen. His on-ice level of enthusiasm has absolutely no bearing on how many consecutive games he has played. And no, the argument is not baseless. He plays with neither maximum effort nor maximum heart.
Crym. I'm not saying it's the best idea... and yes, it will cost assets -- you and I both know that it's the price that's paid to bring in a guy like JBouw (or Yandle, for those that would prefer him) ...but those saying that to bring JBouw will cripple the team from having the room for another top-six forward are not correct. It's just like where I stood for bringing in Iginla. It will cost too much in FUTURE ASSETS than cap space.
Yes, assets need to be paid for a player like Bouwmeester. But with the team where it is---rebuilding on the fly via the farm---I do not consider him a worthwhile use of assets.
In conjuction with speed and intelligence? yes.
Speed, yes. Intelligence? He's not that far above average, else he would not have such pedestrian offensive numbers and such a horrible +/-.