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No More Biznasty: Blues Release Bissonnette, Re-Assign Climie

Those of you who were dreaming of the Blues running with two enforcers are going to have to deal with having that hope dashed.

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In what is probably the most dismissive "oh, we had that guy here?" press-release ever, the Blues announced that they have released enforcer Paul Bissonnette from his professional tryout with the team. They did so in a blow-off line between some info about Matt Climie, who will be heading back to the Chicago Wolves.

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has assigned goaltender Matt Climie to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

In addition, the Blues have released forward Paul Bissonnette from his professional tryout.

Climie, 31, appeared in 23 games for the Wolves last season, posting an 11-10-2 record to go along with a 2.84 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.

This move makes me wonder if the Blues just invited Biznasty to camp for fun. You know, a laugh for fans. What else explains it? Ryan Reaves already does what Bissonnette does, which is provide brawn. He also does what Bissonnette doesn't, which is play hockey.

He'd be eating a valuable roster spot for someone with ability, even if that ability is as a fourth line forward. As much as we all love a good scrap, I feel that the days of the guy who can do nothing but scrap are over. Today's game demands more, and Biz doesn't have it.