Will Today Be The Last Time That Adam Henrique Teases Stephen Gionta On Social Media As His Teammate?
Soooooo, it's about that time the Devils give Stephen Gionta a job within the organization, no? I love the guy's heart, but with the influx of talent he's about fistful of catastrophic injuries away from even being considered for part-time work. Not sure where that leaves him hockey wise, but I know that his contributions last year hardly resembled that of a professional hockey player and could only be described as the wrong type of offensive. That doesn't change the fact that he's a great locker room guy, but it does mean that all parties involved might be better off if he were serving a different purpose in said locker room.
I'm fairly certain there's not another lineup in the league as depleted as the one the Devils have iced the last few years and even then Stephen Gionta was barely hanging on to his role in it. Can't think of too many options for him other than AHL or administrative duties, and personally don't want to see Adam Henrique go through the pain of losing his two favorite online targets (miss you Lars) in the same offseason. I know we've moved past the days of Lou Lamoriello passing out post-retirement paychecks to every player that wore a Devils jersey for longer than 5 minutes and their (literal) brother, but Little G has the feel of a lifer - even if it's not in an on-ice capacity. Whether that happens now or after a couple more seasons in Albany? Only time will tell.