Gionta for St.Louis could be a deal given Tampa can free up 1.25M per year in cap space, but can St. Louis put up big numbers without Lecavalier is a huge question mark there.
i don't think there is any doubt that st. louis is a better player than gionta. while they are similar in both size and style, st. louis is faster and has a much better shot - he can create his own offense (something gionta apparently cannot anymore).
the difference in salary might actually be enough for TB to make the move as gionta would play well enough with vinny that the drop off would not be that great for them. but i'm not sure that i want another $5.25M of the Devils cap to go to a forward like St. Louis.
as it stands, i think lou has to try and bowl over campbell (no pun intended) with a 5/30 type deal to anchor the defense for the next 3-5 years so doing that with an expensive st. louis also on the ledger might be tough.