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05-16-2012, 04:40 AM
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My point is there is absolutley no rush. Gormley will spend the year in the AHL. Maybe Rundblad too. Summers and Stone can fight for an NHL spot. Murphy will be in the ohl.
We can talk about a log jam when there's a log jam. That's next summer at the earliest, but also quite likely that its never a problem.
A lot can happen in a year. God forbid somebody has a terrible injury or somebody demands a trade. Who the hell knows? There is no reason to do a deal now. We don't have too many NHL defensemen and we have PLENTY of room in the system for blue line blue chips.
The point some of us are making is that Gormley is clearly NHL ready. He's in the AHL because there's no room on the NHL roster, not because he isn't ready to break in. You guys can survive multiple catastrophic defensive injuries but not a single serious offensive injury. That's the imbalance point. Sure, you
absolutely put Gormley in the minors and Rundblad back in the minors and keep letting that go on as a layered luxury. I'm not sure you want to spend the next bunch of years continually bearing the inefficiency of breaking new guys in with NHL training. Sure, you can train Summers and Stone and Schlemko in their first few seasons as they make mistakes and learn the ropes, only to have to do it all over again when you finally get around to breaking in Gormley and Rundblad. No matter how much time they play in the AHL, the NHL is played at a different speed and have far better, quicker players they'll have to defend. Do the Coyotes really just want to be the job training center for D prospects breaking in, at the expense of staying very thin up front?
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