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02-26-2013, 08:58 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Gionta is more 20 goals than 30 goals in his current role. But keep in mind he was the entire focus of his line's goal scoring with Gomez while with Bouque and Plekanec he's just one shooter among three.

Plekanec-Gionta have been a a top level shutdown pair this year for MTL, just like they were when they were combined for a short stint last year. Even without the help of Bourque they have been smothering on 5 on 5 defense so they are still winning tough matchups despite not scoring that frequently. That's not nearly as easy to replace as one might think.

On the other hand, I'm glad there is only one more year on his deal because he is on the decline. And he hasn't been much of a PP player for a couple years so getting Ryder is welcome.

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