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Bouw dismisses Peca's criticism

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Jay Bouwmeester shrugged off the criticism sent his way by TSN analyst and former NHL player Michael Peca during the broadcast of Tuesday's pre-season game.

However, the Calgary Flames defenceman fired a couple of shots back after hearing Peca say he "enjoyed" playing against Bouwmeester because, among other reasons, he turned pucks over.

"I don't care. If he wants to say that, that's fine. He's not playing anymore, so I don't care," Bouwmeester said Wednesday. "I'll probably have a different opinion of the guy that said it. Those guys on TV are what they are."

Over the years, Bouwmeester has received his share of criticism in the media for being perceived to have a casual attitude, but to hear a former player fire such pointed jousts is at another level.

And Peca, who spent 13 years in the NHL, unloaded during the first intermission of Calgary's 3-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I don't see it. I've never seen it," Peca said about Bouwmeester. "Playing against this guy a lot of years, I've just seen a very casual player with tremendous speed.

"He was brought in and was much sought after. At US$6.68 million (salary cap hit), he made Dion Phaneuf expendable. You look at this team, the lowest-scoring team in the league, it means you have a bad powerplay. He's a guy they brought in to quarterback that powerplay. I've never seen that part of the game in him.

"I enjoyed playing against him. He turned pucks over, made the game easy to play."

Bouwmeester was Calgary's biggest off-season acquisition in the summer of 2009, but struggled to a three-goal, 29-point season in 2009-10, his first campaign with the club. He scored 15 goals in each of the previous two seasons with the Florida Panthers.

"He wasn't a tough guy to play against," Peca added. "He didn't play tough. He skated well, but he was casual with the puck. He's one of those guys you looked forward to playing against."

Peca and Bouwmeester played each other in 10 games before Peca's career ended following the 2008-09 season.

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