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01-27-2013, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrokh View Post
As a Blues fan, it's sad to see this brought up again in this fashion.

And even if any other given team would rather have EJ, the Blues would be a worse team if they swapped Shattenkirk for him straight up. The puck control, movement, and offense he provides is crucial to the Blues' success. Shatty is also better defensively and physically than Rafalski ever was, so the line that he's a powerplay specialist is going nowhere.

So, as valid as this discussion may seem, the bickering about the players when the trade happened was out of control and they're such different players at this point that a comparison is highly situational. Which makes it more flag-waving than discourse.

If Shattenkirk ends up as good as Rafalski he's a #1 defenseman. I can't believe how much you are underrating him.

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