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06-27-2012, 05:06 PM
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Nordberg
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Originally Posted by Stewie Griffin View Post
I don't think this means the Flames have the luxury of trading Bouwmeester if they want to compete for a playoff spot next season.

Wideman is an improvement over Hannan & Sarich, but that's about it. If the Flames go into the season with Giordano, Wideman & Butler as the top three defensemen, then we'll probably get to see the Flames draft top five for the first time in franchise history.
This. The notion that any top 4 D-man can just replace Bouwmeester is completely absurd. I don't understand how fans don't comprehend how much work he actually puts in every game. He is soft and hasn't had offensive success so far, but he is capable of playing #1 type minutes without embarrassing himself which is more than can be said for any other D-man in our organization.

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