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02-22-2013, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Kjell Dahlin View Post
I think that a significant proportion of Gionta's detractors also wish for a Gionta/Gallagher swap but that would be asking a lot from (from or to?) a rookie.

If by "a near future" you meant within 1-2 year(s), I agree. Heck... I think Gallagher, contrary to 19 years old Galchenyuk, is ready to play against tougher competition and he would look good alongside Desharnais and Pacioretty... right now. Desharnais and Pacioretty are not facing the same level of competition than Plekanec’s line; it would add less pressure on our rookie’s shoulder.
Having two 5'9'' and under guys on the same line isn't ideal in the defensive zone or on the cycle in the offensive zone. Same reason why Gionta with DD was never really an option.

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