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12-14-2011, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by jd2210 View Post

Very high praise from Kimmo and Lavvy
Wow..thanks for finding that. I respect Timonen and his opinion so this is great to hear. To me Bourdon seems like a really confident guy. His demeanor gives off that vibe. Like how Snider shook his hand last night while he was being interviewed by Coatsey. Snider's gestures reminded me of Vito Corleone...

"Over the last few games I think he's played like an NHL player, not a rookie," Kimmo Timonen said. "He's made some really good choices with the puck and without the puck. As an older guy I watch a lot of younger guys coming into the league and these are some of the things you watch. If they can't do them, it's going to be hard for them to have a long career. BUt once guys start making good plays, every time almost, and position-wise be in the right place all the time - these are things you cannot teach. It's hockey sense. He has it. He's going to have a long career."

That's high praise for Bourdon from one of the better defensemen of the past decade - and Timonen wasn't alone in his thinking and assessment.

"He's been rock solid," coach Peter Laviolette said. "His head is up. He makes a good first pass. He's physical. He looks really comfortable out there. His opportunity (to play in the NHL) has gone from some minutes, to increased minutes to someone that we count on and rely on. That's good for him and I'm happy for him... He's played terrific. He gets his first goal. There are a lot of positives."

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