Thread: Proposal: Gormley to the Islanders
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01-12-2013, 02:27 AM
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Gormley to the Islanders

I just posted this in the Isles thread, but I wanted the opinion of non-Isles fans for a less biased opinion..... Here it goes:
The Isles have had a need to upgrade the defense for almost 10 years, but that need has now turned to desperation. I have never seen a blueline this thin. There is Streit, Hammer, McDonald and Carkner. Hammer and Carkner play real physical, drop the mitts, and thus miss quite a few games. So if either one of those two, or the 36 year old Streit misses an extended period of time, I wouldn't even want to imagine how pathetic the D would be this year.

With that said, Garth always said if he is going to make a trade, he wants to bring in a guy that fits the system and direction (youth movement) of the team. One guy that I think would be perfect and could step right in is Brandon Gormley. As good as a prospect as he is (14th overall pick the year we took Nino), the Coyotes have David Rundblad and Oliver Ekman-Larsson who are prospects rated just as high, if not slightly higher than Gormley. That along with the fact that the Coyotes have a solid veteran blueline in Keith Yandle, Derek Morris, Klesa, Michalek and Schlemko, could perhaps make Gormley available at the right price.

Gormley will be 21 next month and I see him ready to make the jump this year into a regular role in the NHL. He reminds me a lot of De Haan in his style of play, except Gormley is 6'2 200 pounds, so unlike De Haan, there are no size concerns. He would easily be a top-4 D-man for many years to come. So along with being able to step right in this year, he is a long term solution.

So what could we give up for him???? Personally, with the state of our current D along with our forward depth, I'd give up Grabner for Gormley. If not Grabner, maybe our first rounder this year. I know that is very risky, as the top 10 is very solid, but at some point we have to take a chance if we ever want to turn the corner.

A D this year of

Streit Hamonic

McDonald Gormley

Carkner Donovan isn't so bad


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