What about Gionta?
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02-21-2013, 10:15 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Québec, Québec
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Probably just me....but I prefer people trying to find solution how to improve the team WHILE WE'RE WINNING, instead of wanting to fire everybody the next time we'll lose 6-2. But I guess in here, people prefer reactionary threads instead...much more spectacular.
And yes, Gionta is a reason why we win. 1 reason. Guess what though...so is Gallagher. And yet, we are still winning without him. And that's what people have the most trouble with in this board. It's always either black or white. In no way am I saying that Gionta is finished, if so show me where. I'm saying to START reducing his minutes. To stop playing him as if he's REALLY top 6. We have better options on the PP also. Are people really convinced that Plekanec, Pacioretty, DD, Gallagher, Galchenyuk and Bourque aren't better options on a PP? And note, I'm even not talking about Cole. And people could even add Eller to a certain extent. And others might EVEN consider Prust and making him work in front of the goalie.
I fully support that (the bolded part; this board is unbearable after a loss!) but I fail to understand how someone can take a look at Plekanec’s line, see its strong two ways play, the quality of competition they are facing, the complementary input each player is providing to the line, the fact that they scored 44,4% (16/36) of the total of goals scored by forwards, 87,5% (7/8) of the PP goals scored by forwards (2 by Gionta)... and then go on the record with "...
he's hurting us
..." or "...
he's playing like a charlatan
Basically, our line of vets is taking care of our opponent’s top line and then the 3 other lines are giving us the edge. In a team with no super star (but with plenty of depth and a good mix of players) upfront, that’s a good recipe. The only guy I can see taking Gionta’s spot alongside Plekanec is Eller but that would create a hole elsewhere: Eller is a big reason why our bottom lines usually are outplaying our opponent’s bottom lines. Because we have no super star upfront, putting all our eggs in the same basket (putting Eller with Plekanec and Bourque for instance) would not be a viable strategy: no way we can out power the Crosby and Saint-Louis if this world.
Plekanec is our best player upfront and we need him firing on all cylinders. Our best chance to make it happen is to give him regular wingers. Long story short: don’t touch our best line, all vets, all business.
PS Gionta is in a “slump” but, thus far, he scored the same amount of goals than Pacioretty and Eller... combined. Just saying.
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