Replacing Jay Bouwmeester isn’t on Mark Cundari’s agenda.

The Calgary Flames blueliner doesn’t lack for confidence, but he knows better than to put that level of expectations on himself.

“What’s he making, $6.5 million? He’s an elite defenceman, so to be the only defenceman coming the other way meant something to me,” Cundari explained.

“It’s huge shoes to fill. For me, it’s about getting (to the NHL). Once I’m here, I can add my flavour to the team and be the best I can be. It’s not going to be same player as Jay Bouwmeester, but it’s going to be Mark Cundari’s version of what an NHL defenceman needs to be.”

Cundari, who was acquired by the Flames in the trade which sent Bouwmeester to a St. Louis Blues squad his new team will face Thursday (6 p.m., Sportsnet West, Sportsnet960), is hoping to get an opportunity he dreamed about over the past few seasons while with the Blues organization ­— a chance to play a big-league clash in the Gateway City.

It will be with the Flames, though, so the 23-year-old is now hoping to use the opportunity to show something to his former bosses.

“Ever since I got traded, that’s always a soft spot in your heart,” said Cundari, whose parents, Robert and Carla, are hoping to make the trip from Woodbridge, Ont., to see him play in both St. Louis and Chicago, where the Flames round out the regular season Friday night. “You want to show a team what they’re missing. You want to play against the team you came from. It’s a more of a pride thing.

“It’ll make me feel better if I were to have a good game against them.”

In two games for the Flames, Cundari has collected one goal and three points, including a goal in his NHL debut.

Facing the Blues would be another experience which would easily ramp up his excitement level — and not just because it’s a chance to catch up with some former teammates, such as T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Chris Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo, Adam Cracknell, Ryan Reaves and Chris Porter.