I covered a lot of these way up the thread.
neat (maybe unrealistic) possibilities:
Marleau, Cheechoo - Will probably require more than just Gionta. Cheech's contract is excellent, Marleau's might sting
Cheechoo is having a terrible season - no way that New Jersey sends more. I doubt San Jose is interested in Gionta
as they have a similar player coming up in Devon Setoguchi.
Hossa - Gionta, some draft picks/prospects for a half year of Hossa. If we could find a way to resign him would be genius.
Too big a gamble - and Hossa is soft in the playoffs. We need defense before offense, too - get a real PP D man and everyone in our top 6 scores 2 more goals a year.
St. Louis - Basically Brian Gionta but better, would cost another 1.25 million for a while to pay him.
Didn't consider this. I don't think it makes much sense for Tampa.
Erik Cole - Same exact contract, both are having mediocre years. Canes probably wouldnt bother unless he falls out of favor, or are worried about him breaking his neck.
Yeah, this would be awesome. I love Erik Cole, I think he's a much better player than Brian Gionta
. Unfortunately the 'Canes have enough midgets in Whitney, Samsonov, and Scott Walker.
Bertuzzi - same contract, mediocre numbers.
Too big an injury risk.
Gionta doesn't have much value and its not like we can just trade him for a BETTER player at the same exact position. We're either gonna have to trade for a rental/unenticing contract, some prospects, or Dmen from Vancouver.
Eh. I still think there's a shot he can be used to get Martin Havlat, and that's a gamble worth taking. Unless Lou does something crazy like flips a prospect for an RW, then flips Gionta
for a D, I don't see how those scenarios make much sense. I do think there's a very strong chance Gionta
isn't traded, especially because he'll probably burst out of his slump soon and start putting in those tap-in goals, but it's something New Jersey should explore. As it stands I think Gionta
is the weakest link in the Top 6.