What about Gionta?
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02-20-2013, 02:46 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
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Don't understand the hate for Gionta. He's not scoring, but he is part of the reason why the team is having success. His defensive game is exceptional. Combined with Plekanec he's the reason why we are doing so well at shutting down opponents. Sure he's way overpaid for a defensive specialist, but he is still an integral part of the team defensive game. There would be a huge hole with him gone right now without an adequate replacement.
I expect to get attacked, but I stand by what I said. I have no problem with Gionta's game right now.
more or less agree with your assessment... except for the last part.
how can he be "way overpaid" and yet there not be a problem with is game right now?
He's paid to be a top-6, if not top-line, scoring winger who ALSO brings leadership & quality defensive play to the table.
That his offensive game is no longer up to par, imo is a big problem.
Certainly we shouldn't be giving him away for nothing, because as you nailed it, he is playing very well in the defensive match-up role that his line mostly operates in... but 5M$ for a smallish fwd whose best attribute is sound defensive play is not money well spent.
We can find players via trade or UFA that can fill that kind of role for far less.
MB should be quietly shopping him around, and if a suitable offer presents itself, pull the trigger.
In the meantime, it would be nice to see MT stop using him so heavily on the PP (Gionta leads the team in fwd pp time/game, amazingly) & get both Galch & Eller out there more often.
it will be interesting to see, were that to happen, how Gionta would handle it. If he's the quiet leader he's made out to be, then it shouldn't be an issue.
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