When Michael McCarron decided to forgo college and play professionally, it came as little surprise but still hurt nonetheless. His decision left the Broncos short-staffed, but the defensive corps still appeared to be under control. 2011 NHL Draft Pick, and fan favorite, Garrett Haar had been suspended for the first half of the season, but still appeared to make a significant impact for the Broncos during the bulk of the NCHC schedule come January.
Today, Western Michigan University announced they had released Haar from the team, presumably stemming from the suspension (as noted in the press release). . .
Garrett Haar has been released from the WMU Hockey program. http://t.co/ZoXa5jYAh1— Adam Bodnar (@bodnarwmu) July 12, 2013
As to whether Haar would pull an "Everett Golson" and possibly return to the Broncos or just head into a professional career, the former Bronco tweeted a fairly straightforward answer:
Have decided to leave Western Michigan and go play in the WHL. Medicine Hat tigers seems to be my destination but still not sure. #fresh— Garrett Haar (@HaarDaddy4) July 12, 2013
So the Broncos lose yet another player, as noted yesterday. However, with Haar already out the first half of the season, this loss is more bearable. Haar's position will have already been filled, just now permanently.
There now remains bigger questions. With just 3 reserve skaters currently on the Broncos roster, depth becomes a very serious issue throughout the season. Head Coach Andy Murray is expected to add at least one extra forward, but it is clearly a shorter bench this season than in past. If I'm an athletic trainer for the Broncos, I ask for my raise up front.