As much as I would hate to see Dudley go, I think he could really help you guys out. I can't wait until the days when the rivalries between our teams are back to the intensity they used to be. Congratulations on your new GM.
I also love the historical rivalry. As much as our fan bases take glee in the misfortunes of the other team, I personally would love to see many more playoff wars with the Leafs.
I sure hope so. I'm thinking he's definitely going to go for Parise. I'm not saying he's going to convince him but I think he might be able to.
Parise has french canadian origins (''not this again!'' I know..), he seems like the kind of guy that could be affected by arguments about how great and glorious the history of this team is and I'm pretty sure Gionta could say a few words to him.
First he has to identify the structural changes needed in the organization,ie. reducing Timmins workload so he can focus on scouting. I'm sure he will spend time talking to alot of people identifying problem areas.