Gionta's been a better player than Josefson for the last two years. Whether you want to blame Pete or not in terms of not giving Josefson much of a chance this year (he had one last year), it is what it is at this point. And if Pete was being that unreasonable with his praise of Gio the guys in the locker room would start rolling their eyes. It's possible he's popular in the room so that's part of the reason he gets the favored son treatment.
I strongly disagree.
Being jerked in and out of the line up and being scrutinized for your every move isn't easy as a 21 or 22 year old. Gionta isn't good at any facet of the game. Even Josefson not providing offense will at least make the better defensive reads and he is much better in passing and possession.
Why would players in the locker room roll their eyes? Guys like Gionta always tend to be popular in the locker room, it doesn't mean they are good. Some of the most popular players on teams I played on were the sh!tty guys because they brought "energy."