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02-21-2013, 02:07 PM
Slew Foots
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
That's BS. Gallagher can't play top line and hard minutes, that would be just plain dumb thing to do. So he doesn't make anybody redundant he is just effective as a 3rd liner given good matchups.
That's BS? Hardly.

Neither of us really knows how Gallagher would handle playing top line and hard minutes, but he has the requisite speed and headiness to make the adjustment relatively quickly.

What we do know is that Gionta is a unidimensional offensive forward who has always struggled to set plays up for his linemates. That one dimension is crashing the net and scoring dirty goals, and he isn't doing that right now. So playing him on an offensive line with PP time is wasteful.

If Gallagher really is incapable to play hard minutes, then you could argue that we should keep Gionta in a top-six role for the time being, but there is no way you can argue that he deserves to be a fixture on the PP.

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