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02-20-2013, 12:52 PM
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LePoche69
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
What is the obsession with whipping boys and "getting rid of player X" threads? We are in 1st in the conference less than a year from being 15th. A big part of that is the leadership on and off the ice of guys like Cole, Gionta, Gorges etc. With a lot of young players having those guys around is worth it's weight in gold.
I don't know for the other posters on this thread, but for me, it is not an obsession, and Gionta is certainly not my whipping boys.

I do think Gionta has value for the Habs right now. I don't think he plays that well, but I do think he's still somehow important.

All I'm saying is that considering the goal of building for the futur while staying competitive, trading Gionta could make a lot of sense. He would bring something interesting in a trade while not hurting the present that much. Eller is capable of doing what he's doing right now. And don't forget that the CH is the team that has the most money engaged for next year; freeing Gionta's salary has to be considered in that regard. Added to the byout of Kaberle, it would free money to sign an important player that Habs' prospect pool cannot provide.

Habs are winning right now? Fine. But we shouldn't get fooled by their success. There are still many holes in that lineup to be a serious cup contender. And every experienced GMs said that it is better to trade when things are going well that the opposite. Moreover, better trade Gionta one year too early than one year too late.

And I don't buy that leadership stuff. If Habs leadership relies only on Gionta, they're in trouble anyway. Others can fill the hole.

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