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Brian Gionta | Winger | #12

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 178
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 3 (82) / NJ
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Brian Gionta got his sixth goal of the 2015-16 season on Monday night in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
He tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period. Gionta didn't have a point in his previous five appearances and the 37-year-old winger has 16 points in 46 games this year. Jan 26 - 9:57 AM

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Brian Gionta scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Gionta and the Sabres did all of their damage in the first period. The Sabres captain picked up the only helper on Rasmus Ristolainen's 2-0 goal and Gionta extended the lead to 3-0 just 20 seconds later. The 36-year-old has five goals and 15 points in 40 games this season. His days of being relevant in fantasy leagues are over.
Jan 12 - 11:02 PM

Brian Gionta opened the scoring in Buffalo's 5-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday night.

He put an end to an eight-game scoring slump in the process. Playing with a red-hot Jack Eichel was just what the doctor ordered for Gionta, as the talented rookie got him and Zemgus Girgensons out of scoring droughts in the contest.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 09:39:00 AM

Brian Gionta scored in Buffalo's 5-2 loss to Vancouver on Monday night.

He opened the scoring in the first period with his third marker of the season. Gionta has contributed 10 points in 25 games this season and three have come in his last four outings.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 09:46:00 AM

Brian Gionta got his first goal in 13 games in Thursday's 3-2 win against Florida.

He posted three shots and a plus-1 rating in the contest. Unfortunately, it doesn't make him any more attractive for fantasy owners yet. Gionta has five points and a minus-5 rating on the year.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 08:11:00 AM

Brian Gionta (lower body) will make his season debut on Thursday.

Gionta missed Buffalo's first three games due to the injury. He'll play alongside Evander Kane and with Jack Eichel, which is a big opportunity for him after he was held to just 35 points last season. Eichel and Kane had played with a variety of right wingers over Gionta's three-game absence, but the hope is that now there will be some stability.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 04:24:00 PM

Brian Gionta (lower body) is hopeful that he can return during Buffalo's upcoming two-game road trip.

"You want to make sure it's 100 percent," said Gionta, who has been practicing with his teammates. "It felt good again today so we'll see what tomorrow brings. ... You want to push yourself to see where you're at and it just didn't respond the way we wanted to but things are feeling good now." He has missed the first three games of the season due to a lower-body ailment.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 08:18:00 AM

Brian Gionta (lower body) won't play Monday afternoon against Columbus.

It will be his third straight game on the sidelines with a lower-body injury. The Sabres want to make sure the ailment doesn't turn into a long-term problem, so they are being cautious with Gionta's recovery. It doesn't sound like he is far away from returning, though.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 01:57:00 PM

Brian Gionta returned to Sabres practice on Sunday.

The team's captain missed the first two games of the regular season because of a lower-body injury but he is nearing a return. "I felt great, today was a good day, I progressed well so it felt good to get out there with the guys and we’ll see how things respond tomorrow," he said. The 36-year-old also added that he is "cautiously optimistic" that he will be able to play in Monday afternoon's game against Columbus.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Brian Gionta (lower body) will not participate in Thursday's opener.

Gionta is being regarded as day-to-day. He had 13 goals and 35 points in 69 contests in 2014-15. Rather than replace him with a forward, it looks like Buffalo will dress seven defensemen, including Jake McCabe.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 02:46:00 PM

Brian Gionta has a lower-body injury, which kept him out of Wednesday's practice.

He is considered day-to-day after he was hurt in Tuesday's session. Sam Reinhart took his place alongside Jack Eichel and Evander Kane.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 02:47:00 PM

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma believes that Brian Gionta is the right guy to lead his team.

"I can’t say this unequivocally because I haven’t had him as a captain," Bylsma said, "(but) in looking at him, in terms of the leadership, both in how you play and how you act and what you’re able to say, Brian is … one of the best choices for a captaincy." The 36-year-old might be a good leader, but his fantasy stock has declined significantly in the last few seasons. Gionta had 13 goals and 35 points in 69 games with Buffalo in 2014-15.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 09:22:00 PM

Brian Gionta is looking to keep his hot streak going when the regular season begins.

He picked up six goals and 16 points in Buffalo's last 14 games of the 2014-15 campaign and he added one goal and four points in four preseason contests. Gionta finished the exhibition schedule alongside Jack Eichel and Evander Kane, which could be where he begins the year.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 09:49:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres are not dwelling on last season's struggles.

The team finished in last place in the entire NHL and captain Brian Gionta is just looking to turn the page. "There’s a lot of turnover, a lot of change, so it makes it easier to start fresh," said Gionta, who is eager to move on from the most trying season of his 13-year career. "We touched on it, more as a learning thing than anything else, but we did not dwell on it by any means. It was more, ‘It’s a fresh start. This is how we do things.’" Buffalo should be better now that they have Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane in their lineup.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 08:31:00 AM

Brian Gionta will play alongside Sam Reinhart and Jamie McGinn in Buffalo's preseason match against Ottawa on Wednesday night.

Gionta likes the changes that Buffalo has made during the off-season and he's excited to get going this year. "We're going to be a fast-paced, up-and-down-the-ice team," he said. "We're going to use our speed. We've got some big bodies too, but our pace of play is where we want to do it." Gionta had 13 goals and 35 points in 69 games last season.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Zemgus Girgensons
4Johan Larsson
5David Legwand
6Daniel Catenacci
LW1Evander Kane
2Matt Moulson
3Marcus Foligno
4Nicolas Deslauriers
5Cody McCormick
RW1Tyler Ennis
2Jamie McGinn
3Sam Reinhart
4Brian Gionta
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Cody Franson
4Mike Weber
5Mark Pysyk
6Josh Gorges
7Carlo Colaiacovo
8Jake McCabe
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson