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06-21-2013, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
For the sub- 5'10 players, he's the least easily replaced after Gallagher though. What people have to realize is that if you want to set up the young'uns for the sweet scoring time you've got to have someone pushing on those defensive minutes. You can't just insert some a mediocrity in Gionta's place and not be less effective.

They are already down one top six winger, addition is required more than subtraction in this area.

The competitive window is when the team's best talent is cheap, that's coming fast. A 2nd round pick doesn't help much.
We can use him to trade up in the draft, we can package him with something else for another player, we can go to the free agency to get secondary scoring, look for it in a trade etc...

It's not that hard.
Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
It's only worth trading Gionta if we sell high, and right now his value is tainted with the perception that he's injury-prone. We'd be selling low (or at least lower than prime). Even if Bergevin is looking to trade him, you'd think the best timing would be after Gionta's started the season as a healthy, productive Hab.
I don't think so. You don't always have to sell high. Sometimes you dump a stock when it's not worth holding onto.

Gionta's been around for a long time. Teams know what they're getting with him. Waiting for him to come back and start producing isn't necessary. He's in the last year of his contract and if teams want him, they can have him. And if they don't want him now, they probably won't want him later either.
Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
And another thing. Trading Gionta would be a sign that the Habs are sellers and likely NOT making a run for the Cup this year. Gionta is the perfect veteran for a contending club. I'm fine with this strategy. It makes sense. But it'll be interesting to see how many steps back the team takes in the attempt to leap forward all the way in 2014/15. It'll be even more interesting to see the fans go nuts...
I don't see why this would be the case. Esp if you replace him with another secondary scorer type guy with a little more size.

All it would say is that we want to get bigger... which we do.

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