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10-28-2010, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Cartsiephan View Post
Because of what I see from him on the ice on a night to night basis. The kid comes to play, can create from the center position unlike the wing where the wall takes away some of his space, and has taken over the PK/PP duties from Carter. Carter is a better faceoff guy and has his own tools which he excels at, but unless Carter is willing to move to wing it is redundant and not good team chemistry to keep him around. Just my .02 cents.
Giroux has produced just fine from the wing position. Last year he would have been putting up really good numbers early on in the year if Gagne hadn't been chest sniping every chance Giroux created for him. From the RW position, moreover, he has the entire ice in front of his forehand...

However, he has yet to produce anything remotely resembling 2nd line center material over the course of a season yet... so if you trade away Carter, and Briere begins to breakdown, you're going to have a BIG problem with this team. Giroux, as of now, remains an unknown. Can he maintain a high point production pace over an 82 game schedule? Big question to gamble on if you're moving a guy that has been our best goal scorer the last couple of years (and, no, you're not going to get a player of Carter's caliber as far as goal scoring back).

Jeff Carter and Giroux have EQUAL PP time -- in fact, haven't they been running on the same unit? Giroux has taken over Gagne's PP time... and his PK time to an extent, as well as taking some minutes from Carter (a good thing, not a bad thing for Carter). Carter also plays more even strength minutes than Giroux.

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