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03-08-2014, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by HiggsBozon View Post

As for Gionta, he's still statistically the best guy we can put on that line stats-wise. Not saying I wouldn't rather Galchenyuk, but Gionta won't prevent Plekanec to find Vanek and create good opportunities if he has the chance.
Gionta is a play killer. He will score his share. He can be clutch. He'll get his noise dirty.

But by and large he's a play killer. Doesn't make the right pass. When he does it's off or too wild. Takes bad shots that hit goalies square in the chest instead of dishing it.

He's just not the player you put on a line with talent.

Replacement? I would try Briere, Gally, Eller, Bourque... Keep the one that produces.

If none of this work I would then consider moving Plekanec and do a Vanek-Gally-Eller/Bourque/Briere line.

Originally Posted by overlords View Post
You have it ass backwards. Gionta leaving will only hurt pleks assuming we don't get another tough minutes right winger to replace him. And we don't have any in the organization that can step up to that task. Which UFA do you replace him with?
See post above.

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