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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:10 pm 
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FYI, based on all the pre-game talk on FSMW, Dunn wasn't supposed to play, but Bouwmeester couldn't go, so Dunn played. Do the Blues win this game with Bouwmeester, instead of Dunn? Question deserves to be considered.


Not a chance....Bouwmeester should be in the press box from now on.

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theohall wrote:
FYI, based on all the pre-game talk on FSMW, Dunn wasn't supposed to play, but Bouwmeester couldn't go, so Dunn played. Do the Blues win this game with Bouwmeester, instead of Dunn? Question deserves to be considered.

I vote no and I hope the brain trust has also come to this conclusion. Dunn has offensive skill the Blues are desperate for. His instincts and confidence are a sight for sore eyes. He must play. They have to realize this, but...St. Louis Blues.

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Glad to see everyone seeing the light... of course, most everyone here knew this already.

One other thing to watch - whenever Bouwmeester plays, outside of Pietrangelo and Edmundson, the rest of the defense doesn't play as aggressively in the offensive zone. Why? I think, and this is just me thinking, the defense is hesitant to take chances whenever Bouwmeester is on the ice, because he's too slow and they don't want to get caught - which completely ruins the style of play the Blues were using prior to Bouwmeester's return.

In this game, at one point the offensive zone net-front presence during a five-on-five stretch was Edmundson and Bortuzzo. Yes, both defenseman were right in front of the Leafs goalie. Insane! But awesome!

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Bottom line, Bouwmeester and Gunnarsson both need to be relieved of their duties as Blues defensemen to make room for Dunn permanently and Schmaltz/Walman. This is the inevitable end game. It also coincidentally frees money, in conjunction with not giving Stastny another 7 million per year deal, to pursue free agents, one of which may, depending on how the trade deadline goes and how construction plans on the new Belmont Arena goes, be John Tavares who will probably command about 10-11 million per year.

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