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12-17-2013, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by GeoStride87 View Post
since when do players who play 'primarily a defensive role' get the bulk of Powerplay time, and are on in the last minute when the team needs a goal?

Ive said it before and I'll say it again, I have a lot of respect for what gionta's done in his career, but hes the type of player who, when not scoring, isn't of much value aside from the leadership he brings. The positives he brings right now, 1) hustle, 2) speed, 3) reliable defensive play can easily be replaced by a bigger and more physical player for third line/defensive duties.

edit: I should add that I think a lot of the 'hate' players on this team get are more directed to the roles that they are asked to play by Therrien. IE: gionta on the powerplay/last minute, Franky Boo on the powerplay, etc etc
Gionta is 9th on the team in PP time among forwards, 11th overall. How is that the "bulk of powerplay time"?

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