Noob616 Posted March 6, 2012 Report Share Posted March 6, 2012 I think Gionta is certainly capable of 30 goals. He hasn't done it here yet, but come on, 28 goals in like 60 games the first season? I don't know how someone could fault him for not hitting 30 that year. Last season he played with Gomez, and put up 29 goals. Which IMO is a testament to how well he played. He also had a monster playoff for us in 2010, which seems to get forgotten amongst Cammalleri and Halak's performances. Gionta isn't a concern to me. To me, he's worth 5M next year (due to the combination of being a 25-30 goal scorer and a good two way forward), but probably not worth 5M the last year. He's the perfect linemate for Plekanec, and he won't be a dinosaur next year. Even if he drops off in the last year of his contract, hopefully by then one of Eller, Leblanc, Palushaj, or a potential winger we draft this year or next year could step in to his spot letting him drop to the 3rd line. I don't see his contract as an albatross, 5M might be just a slight bit over what he's worth, but it really is only likely a big overpayment in the final year, and it's not worth it to me to dump him for that. Again, IMO nobody is untouchable with the right deal coming back the other way, but I really don't see Gionta's contract in the same light as Gomez's where we're just trying to dump it at all costs. Also, if we get rid of Gionta, who is going to replace him? We have Cole, Pacioretty, and Gionta as legitimate top 6 wingers right now. We've seen this year what happens when you try to play with only 2 legitimate top 6 wingers. Unless we draft Yakupov, Forsberg, or Eller converts to the wing, we don't have anyone in the system even remotely close to replacing Gionta next year, especially when you consider that he'll be playing on a line with a defensive role with Plekanec. Two way scoring wingers like Gionta are hard to come by, and I think we're only overpaying by maybe 0.5M to 1M at the most, and to just dump that contract (especially considering he's the captain and has been very consistent) with nobody to replace him would be quite short sighted IMO, and I find it doubtful that coming off his injury we'd get anything near equal value in return. Unless someone is blowing our doors off, I don't see the benefit in trading him. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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