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03-19-2013, 09:08 AM
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Drydenwasthebest
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Originally Posted by WeThreeKings View Post
Big contract.. declining overall play?
Gionta is on pace for a 26 goal, 48 point 82 game season. He had 46 points in his 1st two seasons with us, getting 28 and 29 goals, respectively. His "hit" stats are about the same, his +/- totals are a bit better than previous years, even though he is actually averaging slightly less TOI per game. His play has not "declined" significantly. He also is an emotional leader and is one of the reasons we are doing as well as we are. Having him and Martkov back has brought a winning attitude with great leadership back to the team that was sorely lacking last season. What does Gionta do? He makes the guys around him play better because of the heart and passion he brings to the ice. Even Bourque was playing far better with Gionta around than he did last year.

People need to understand that Gionta is the kind of guy you want for a major playoff push and run.

I really hope Bergevin does NOT trade Gionta.

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