I'd cut their ice time, their PP time but they're NHL players and our depth is not THAT good.
DD and Gio should've been healthy scratched months ago, it's too late now to send any message.
Gionta is among the team leaders in goals while being excellent defensively. I don't give a **** about his contract (which is not all that bad, only one year left, and he is a legit 20-30 goal man), and I certainly don't care about his "size" issue, as he plays grittier than than taller players.
Would I mind a nice scoring RW so that Gionta can become a third-line stud? Sure, but that incoming star isn't named Gabriel Dumont, nor Mike Blunden, nor Ryan White.
Give Eller the defensive responsibilities, Gionta will be a big help, trust Halpern's line with countering the second line of the other team, and let Plekanec and Desharnais' lines pile up points against the lesser lines of other teams. And of course those six play the PP. The bottom six kill penalties, with Pleks subbing for Bourque.
Yes, absolutely. I would also move them both in the summer, if I could.
In retrospect because of the progression of certain guys, what i'm proposing would be probably ideal to do during the summer not right now when we're close to starting the playoffs. In the summer, you trade DD for a solid D