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06-21-2013, 10:38 AM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by MTL-rules View Post
You're talking as if Gionta was a perrenial Selke winner... if that was the case, then yes, Gionta would be as good/important as Brière.

But that's not the case, no GM or knowledgeable scout would chose Gionta over Brière. Gionta is adequate defensively, his size is a huge problem and playing with Plekanec kind of bring the best in you (aka you look better than you are).

With that said, I don't want Brière if Gionta is still with the team.... and which team would take a 5mil dollar Gionta over a much cheaper UFA Briere ??? None, so it's a moot point.
There is plenty of room past Selke winner to be effective defensively. Think it out man. There are like 5 Selke candidates, all centermen. Gionta isn't that. He's just at the upper end of defense for scoring line RWs.

The key thing is Briere's defense. Its a massive negative. He can play PPG hockey and be effectively worthless outside the powerplay its that bad. Because you don't win by scoring points, you win by outscoring the opposition. Gionta can outscore even if he doesn't score lots. Briere sucks at outscoring.

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