Scoring 48 goals was the worst thing that happened to Gio. He was a real pain in the ass to play against, camping out in front, driving the net, etc. It wasn't until after that season that he would take pretty weak, clarkson esqe shots when gaining the zone
I don't really buy this at all. His shot rate stayed pretty similar when you figure he wasn't playing a ton on the PP in 03 or 04. You just noticed more of those shots because Gionta was the team's top RW instead of being just another guy. You're going to tell me that in 2003-04 when he played barely any time at all on the PP and he averaged 9.44 shots/60 minutes that he wasn't creating tons of crest killers then? I don't believe it. What changed is your expectations for him.
He had two other seasons where he had .4 goals per game after his 48 goal season. It was clearly a fluke season built on the preponderance of power plays and a healthy dose of shooting luck, but he's still 50th in goals scored since 2006-07. That contract didn't work out too bad for Montreal all things considered - I'm hoping the Cammalleri deal can have similar returns (and yes I recognize the Gionta deal was bigger because it was on a smaller cap).
Edited by Triumph, 30 July 2014 - 10:57 AM.