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03-04-2013, 06:12 PM
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Tampa Bay assigning Gauthier to Florida of the ECHL.
Monday, Tampa Bay assistant general manager Julien BriseBois gave insight into the team's reasoning for promoting the other forwards over Connolly at this point. He said the others got a taste of playing pressure minutes for Calder Cup champion Norfolk last season.
"The others have probably been a little more consistent. They'd already built up a certain level of game-to-game consistency,'' BriseBois said. "Last year, Brett was at the NHL level, probably not the best situation to put his best game forward.
"He didn't have the same mileage behind his play as some of the other guys who were called up this year. They were regulars on a good team, and they were all important contributors. He's only been called upon to play that role some of this year.''
That said, BriseBois said he and Crunch head coach Jon Cooper have explained all this to Connolly, and that the player is responding with heart.
"He's one of our most improved players. His skill level is probably what will jump out at you when you watch him play, There's no reason to think his progress will stop now,'' BriseBois said. "His attitude's been really good. He's never moped, he's always worked hard. He's had a good disposition, and that helped him get better this year.''
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