Former Blue Dunn making himself at home in Seattle

Jim Thomas

SEATTLE — Last week, Vince Dunn visited his old home. On Friday night, his former team visited his new home.

Such is life in the NHL, and really, in professional sports. Players come and players go. It’s part of the business. For Dunn, 25, it was tough leaving St. Louis where he played four seasons with the Blues and won a Stanley Cup. His return to Enterprise Center as a Seattle Kraken was emotional on Jan. 13.

“It felt really weird being on the other side of things,” Dunn told the Post-Dispatch. “Warmups was the weirdest thing for me, seeing all the signs from all the fans. I tried to give a puck to everyone I could. I mean, there was gonna be no pucks left in warmups if I kept going.

“It was hard for me to try to stay focused. There’s so many things going through your mind. You’re trying to get ready for your first shift. … It was more mental than anything.”

And then the game started, including a video tribute to Dunn and a standing ovation during a first-period break. And more emotion.

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“Like I’ve said to you before, crazy circumstances the way I left St. Louis,” said Dunn, who went to Seattle in the expansion draft last summer. “I’m very fortunate to be in the position I am in Seattle. I’ve had nothing but fun and good memories…

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