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The need to put Casey on the inactive roster for the beginning of the season was something that we were informed of early in December prior to our weekend in Toronto. Up to that point, Casey had been in constant contact with us and was excited to be with the Mammoth for the upcoming season. Casey and I had a number of discussions about his commitment to the North Broward Prep program, we chatted about efforts to partner with our NDP lacrosse program, and we spent a great deal of time working on the future of the Mammoth camp that he executed for us last summer. All of these things were very positive and would not affect his ability to play this upcoming winter.
We had very positive interaction with his agent Rich Furlong and Casey was engaged in the process of negotiating his contract for the upcoming season. All things were pointing to him being in camp and focused on helping us win another championship.
Casey did reach out prior to our Toronto camp and informed us that something unforeseen had come up and he would not be able to play at this time. The issue is of a personal nature, and is confidential, we are supportive of Casey and are doing everything we can to assist him in any way that we can, in an effort to see him back on the field. Casey remains committed to the team but needs to address these very important affairs in order to allow him be able to play in Colorado sometime in the future. I can't comment any further and am not able to answer any other questions about his reasons.
With that said, in the NLL you must be prepared for all the contingencies, especially in a more "remote" franchise from the "hotbeds" for indoor lacrosse. Acquiring and retaining players that can make the commitment to fly in every week has its challenges, remaining competitive and a contender through those challenges can be tricky.
The "new" NLL has made some things easier and some things more difficult, its not as simple as painting the wall with a single brush stroke, every move now affects something else, reducing the roster size is only one element of the approach, we have to consider the type of player that can play in a league where only 16 runners can contribute now for an additional 2 games.
Our 20 man roster, consists of 6 offensive players, 3 transition players, 8 defensive players, 1 face off man and 2 goalies. We are thrilled with Drew Westervelt, Jordan McBride and Sean Pollock, each had a great camps and each provides something different, every thing they provide is necessary. If Casey was here, we would have to have released one of them.
Most important to note is that with only 16 runners and 2 goalies, versatility is vitally important, in games... penalties, injuries, ejections, etc. can reduce your effective lineup with significant impact, players have to have multiple roles depending on the given situation, players like Colton Clark (who had a great camp in a new role as a defender) can fill in as offensive players, Jackson Decker, Matt MacCleod, Joey Cupido, and Cam Mann (another player that had a great camp) can all play very solid defense but contribute offensively if called upon when necessary. The openings for specialized players have become limited, we are seeing a future where players can contribute in multiple ways. And when we decided to dedicate ourselves to one face-off specialist it limited the ability to carry other specialists.
We have been preparing for the roster changes all summer. Was Casey's situation unexpected?, certainly, would we like to have a dynamic player of Casey's calibre with us?, absolutely, but given the nature of the League and the need to adapt quickly to any situation prior to, or during the season, we think we are very prepared.
Will it have an impact on the floor?, it could, but our job as management, coaches and players is to make certain that it doesn't. We have a very dedicated group that are eager to once again prove our naysayers wrong, just as we did with the 2012 regular season. The goal is to move deeper in the playoff mix and play all 24 games this season.