"I'm happy it went quickly, but I'm sorry things ended the way they did. If things weren't so tight with the salary cap, things would be different. I stated my case that I wanted two years and if it didn't work out in Philly I'd move on."
"We talk about loyalty in pro sports and as an athlete you want to stay with one team. You get excited about living in your community and you get attached to the fans in the city. But sometimes you have to put it behind you and move on."
"I felt the same way now as I felt when I left Boston (four years ago). I have a lot of great friends here."
If a deal is made for Bouwmeester, it probably will be at or before the NHL Entry Draft being held in Montreal on Friday and Saturday.
Speculation in Philadelphia is that the Flyers would be willing to send 25-year-old right winger Joffrey Lupul to Florida in exchange for Bouwmeester's rights.
But Holmgren is understandably wary of trading for the rights to a player he might not be able to sign. And there have been reports that Bouwmeester's first choice is to play in western Canada, if not in his hometown of Edmonton then in Vancouver or Calgary.