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Devils have recalled forwards Stephen Gionta and Patrick Davis

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Sestito sucks anyway

Has Zharkov regressed so much that everyone else is getting a nod before him?

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They just updated the online roster. Parise, Corrente, and Josefson are still not marked as injured however. Lil' Gio is #55 and Davis is listed but no number yet.

Davis will most likely be #14.

Gionta will definiitely not be #55. That's just typically his training camp number. I'm sure his real number will be under 30.

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Gionta will definiitely not be #55. That's just typically his training camp number. I'm sure his real number will be under 30.

This is true. Lou for some reason does not allow the higher numbers above #33 (Salmela) this season. There were exceptions of course throughout the years. Gionta may wear #21 since Eckford is sent down. Davis most likely will wear Sestito's #14. Maybe Gionta asks for #14 since that is the number his brother Brian wore. That would be pretty cool, IMO.

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They are recycling some of Brian's left over number 14 sweaters for Stephen as a money saving move.

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Oh yahh, Davis played good for us last year when he played.

And The A-Train is back!!!

Sean Avery will take the A-Train to hell :cheers::cheers:

Edited by Devs3cups

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Gionta and Davis are not "scorers". These guys are fodder. Stephen Gionta getting to the NHL was one of my signs of a Devils apocolypse. :lol: that being said, I didn't actually think he would get here.

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from tg's blog

http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/comments/devils_send_down_tim_sestito_and_tyler_eckford_call_up_stephen_gionta_and_p/

I'm sure that is the reason.

And has Zach been placed on LTIR? Haven't seen it but I've been under the weather and haven't been reading much.

Couple thoughts that I will post here cause i don't know where to put them and am in catch up mode.

I thought this team has played fairly well the last 4 games or so. got some bounces in the wins, bad bounces in the losses.

I keep seeing everyone bith about the D, where o where is the PP? 1 or 2 timely PP goals(or even momentum building) could have meant a few more points.

Getting A-train back will be big. May take a few games for everyone to readjust again, but it should have a ripple effect. like getting a number 1 face-off guy, everyone improves.

Joe

I couldn't agree more

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A-Train bash! A-Train bash!!!

He will be very helpful to the team, I like how he was helping the rookie by pointing to where they should be in the early games...

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Gionta looked good in pre-season for what that is worth

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I wish lil Gio coulda gotten #7 cause he's like half the size of Brian :P

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Stephen Gionta should wear 14 for those who still have Brian's Devils jersey

Being the owner of a Gionta jersey,I think that would be great lol.

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I really want to see these too play..It will be REALLY interesting to see if Davis developed anymore since playing in the 08-09 season. You never know with hockey..

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Being the owner of a Gionta jersey,I think that would be great lol.

Well you can break you the Gionta jersey for Friday. According the the Devils website they issued him #14.

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I remember watching Stephen and Travis Zajac play for the Riverrats when both players first signed with the Devils. Gionta hustled up and down the ice the entire night... I think he even scored the game winner that night but I can't entirely recall. I just remember his energy and how absolutely green Zajac was...

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Gionta and Davis bring a lot more speed and fore check to the Devils lineup then Sestito. I'm fairly certain they have more skill as well, I have close to the skill of Sestito.

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Good to see Stephen Gionta get a shot - he worked hard and played well in the preseason.

Edited by ben00rs

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I liked what i saw from Davis last year. Seemed like a solid 4th liner. Im somewhat surprised that, of all the injuries, call ups/send downs we havent seen Zharkov at all this year. Anyone know why?

Edited by Eltab213

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Per TG Fire and Ice Blog,

Stephen Gionta and Patrick Davis are also on the ice for the skate after being called up Thursday. Gionta is wearing No. 14, which his older brother, Brian, wore for the Devils before signing with Montreal on July 1, 2009

http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/comments/volchenkov_brodeur_on_ice_for_devils_morning_skate_stephen_gionta_inherits_/

:koolaid::evil::koolaid:

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Is Gionta really any good? Sounds like he's the Brett Lindros of his family?

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Gionta looked very good in preseason, even almost scored a goal in one of the games.

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Is Gionta really any good? Sounds like he's the Brett Lindros of his family?

brett lindros: eric lindros >> stephen gionta: brian gionta

gionta's quick and maybe the devils use him killing penalties but other than that he's not an NHL player.

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:noclue:

Why do some guys here think they know so much more than the Devils organization based upon hearsay and a limited amount of games watched -- and the LEAST informative piece of data - a stats sheet?

I'm just so sick of it. My non-hockey related armchair pop-psychology has been positively reenforced and affirmed via organization action and game outcome far more often than the highbrow hockey analysis of some of you guys..

but it's a free country so :blahblah: away

Tri - since this came on the heals of your post -- I completely approve of how you can call a guy a non-NHLer and yet still see and communicate his value in the here and now. In plain-speak - I didn't mean you :P:giggle:

ACTUALLY - I should add - I'd like to see you find a way to respect intangibles a little more. Lou respects the intangibles. I'd have liked for you to have included that SGio is probably bringing a little bit of a mental edge (be it maturity / hockey smarts/ tenacity or combo of all) none of us can really see on a stats sheet - that no one else in ALbany can bring.

Edited by Pepperkorn

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PK:

look at all of the players with stephen gionta's stats in college and in the pros. then think about how many 27 year old first year NHL players go on to do anything in the NHL. then consider that gionta has been in the organization for 4 years and that this is his first call-up. he is almost certainly not an NHL-quality player. i mean, good for him that he's getting his shot, he's been a loyal soldier in the minors.

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