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03-11-2013, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by THE HOFF View Post
so 18 games is a good sample size, good to know. Not to burst your playsation GM stat projection, but last time I checked we played 26 games, the stats are there.

A lot of players had a bad start/bad stretch and are playing fine now . If you can cherry pick stats about gionta having a pathetic start offensively, look up desharnais, cole, maxpac... and tell me what you see. they all had their issues. and not just about the stats, about their play.

MT isn't too scared to throw gionta out there, being the 2nd most used forward this year on a conference leading team, and 9G in 26 games ... not sure the word pathetic applies here.

I just think that because you don't see him as part of the plan for next year and that you're obsessed by trading him, you see all the negative x10 and you won't see what he does well. That's exactly why you can't be happy that he scored 6 goals in 7 games. keep on hating. Its okay if you think he's overpaid, he is ... but don't tweak facts to try and convince other people he's a pathetic hockey player. A lot of people want to trade him because of his salary, and its a perfectly legitimate position, although trading your captain at the deadline is probably the dumbest thing to do if your idea was to go deep in the playoffs.
Whatever floats your boat... It goes back to last season as well.

I never said anything about trading him at the deadline. This has to be an option you look at in the summer though, as he's highly unefficient on the forecheck within Therrien's system, and he's also the third wheel in a team already counting on two players that are way too undersized.

Then again, when did I say he was a pathetic hockey player? He DID play pathetic hockey in the first few weeks of the season, and lately has been going to the net again. It's why he's been more productive. It's also the only aspect of the game where he's effective at this point of his career. And his attempts at forechecking ARE pathetic.

In a division as physical as the NE, we need to give his spot to a guy who plays a tough game and is always going to be in your face. It's something we're lacking out there on our top-6.

Perry, Clarkson, Clowe, I don't care. Just give me one.

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