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11-06-2003, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by MissionHockey
Well I wouldn't support giving him up Gionta either. He might be the hardest worker on the Devils and thats saying a lot.

Hale on the other hand is one of the defensive prospects getting set to replace Stevens. He won't be moved either. Maybe if you replace Hale with Martin.
Well...well...well...your dog's ugly and your gf is cheating on you...

Seriously though, I never suggested it helped the Devils much. I think they get the better end of it value-wise, but I don't see the holes that Vaananen and Langkow would fill, practically.

The fact that Gionta works hard doesn't impress me too much. He's a good little player, and may break out offensively at some point, but he's 24 and hasn't done much yet to prove that the Coyotes would be better off with him than what they have in the top-6 presently.

Hale sounds pretty highly thought of, but no one's said anything that would suggest to me that the Devils would be worse off with Vaananen than Hale, in the short OR in the long term.

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