But make no mistake, the 24-year-old defenseman will miss St. Louis. Basically everything about it.
‘I never wanted to leave’
His message to Blues fans?
“Obviously, thank you,” Dunn said. “The support has been overwhelming. Just wanted to let them know from my own words that I never requested a trade. I never wanted to leave.
“St. Louis definitely will always hold a big place in my heart. I hope they don’t turn on me because I’m just as much in love with the city as I always was. They’ve been great to me, and great to all the players that I played with.”
But now, four years after breaking into the Blues’ lineup, he’s a Kraken. Once the Blues signed Torey Krug last October in free agency after it became apparent that Alex Pietrangelo was heading elsewhere, Dunn saw this coming.
“I figured I would be the one exposed,” Dunn said.
There was a brief period of uncertainty when the Blues also exposed Vladimir Tarasenko. Maybe the Kraken would pick Tarasenko.
But on Wednesday morning, Dunn got a brief call from general manager Doug Armstrong telling him it was official: the Kraken had selected him. In short order, Seattle general manager Ron Francis and coach Dave Hakstol also called.
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