What about Gionta?
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02-21-2013, 01:17 PM
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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.
It's not hard to figure out, when Galchenyuk and Gallagher play against top lines they struggle to get out of their own end. When they get easier matchups they put up points.
Gionta is the opposite of unidimensional, he can gelp the team without scoring goals. He works his bag off, is strong defensively, impeccable work ethic, very good leader and can play both special teams.
So far the only fixture on the PP is Markov, the rest is interchangeable.
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