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07-10-2012, 09:08 PM
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I actually would have been completely comfortable with Barrie as our 6th d-man entering the season if we hadn't retained any of Wilson, Hunwick, or O'Brien. Couldn't have said the same about Elliott.
Yep, in fact Elliott's higher ceiling makes me want us to be even more patient with him. He was out of his league last year, so why push it. With that ceiling lets just let him develop and get the most out of him.

Barrie, on the other hand, looked like he at least belonged and was figuring it out. I'm pretty bummed that we've put so many bodies in front of Barrie and Gaunce as I think both of them could actually make the jump this season, so hopefully one of them forces Sherman to move somebody to make room, although I don't think Gaunce will get that chance with the number of lefties ahead of him. Plus I think they'd like to test out how he plays with Elliott and Barrie in the AHL and so may keep him down for the whole year so he can gel with Elliott.

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