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02-18-2013, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill Ladd View Post
I think Bourque played his best game of the season against the Jets. In fact, I think he looked darn good. Not just for him, but for anyone.

I've been hard on Petey and Co for the Bourque move but that's because I don't see him as the right fit for that 3rd line. I think they need a power element on that line and Bourque doesn't bring that.

That said, Bourque does have skill and drive and (IMO) has been improving steadily since the healthy scratch (6 games ago). He was all over the puck last night. He forced turnovers, got to loose pucks and created chances for his linemates. He reminded me a little of first-year-Marchand: Just flying around the ice, beating everyone to pucks.

I still don't think he's the right fit for the Peverley line, and the production still isn't there, but if he keeps playing like he did last night, then he deserves to be in the NHL- even though I don't know where to play him.
Bill, if the Bruins make a forward addition around the deadline I would love to see the lines juggled to put Horton with Peverley and Bourque. With the way Bourque has steadily improved and the chemistry he and Peverley have been starting to build, they can continue to fly around and Horton would give them the bigger body, with some skill they need.

Also would allow Kelly to move between Campbell and Paille to create the an awesome shutdown line.

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