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06-18-2013, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by IPreferPi View Post
Well, apparently we were still gunning for the playoffs until the final week and the Red Wings game. And then the Yotes wanted to keep playing in win-now mode after that, costing us 4 draft spots...

(FWIW I would've liked to see Gormley too in those final throwaway games against the Avs and Ducks).
Not everyone understands that teams that have a developmental priority stick to their word when they say X player is going to spend the year in the AHL. Here in Carolina, we've grown accustomed to any prospect showing a modicum of ability in the AHL being immediately thrust into the NHL rotation. "Roles" are loosely defined. If one defender goes down, you call the next best player up to the NHL "role" be damned.

What I feel like Phoenix has done is allow Gormley to have the stability of playing top pairing minutes and not rushing him into a third pairing role with the big club simply because he's a prospect with a pedigree. Understanding that the 6th-7th best defender in your organization doesn't by necessity have to be the 6th-7th defender on your team at any given moment is a foreign concept here. He'll be better for it when they call him up and slowly ramp his minutes to where they want him.

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