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Brian Gionta | Winger

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 178
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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. Nov 13 - 8:11 AM

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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.
Oct 15 - 4:24 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.
Oct 15 - 8:18 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.
Oct 12 - 1:57 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.
Oct 11 - 3:21 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.
Oct 8 - 2:46 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.
Oct 7 - 2:47 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.
Oct 6 - 9:22 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.
Oct 6 - 9:49 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.
Oct 4 - 8:31 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.
Sep 23 - 11:08 AM

Brian Gionta acknowledged there will be a different kind of energy this season for the Sabres.

The sort of energy where guys actually think the front office is trying to improve the team instead of tanking to preserve a high draft pick. Gionta said "100 percent we’ll be a better team" after general manager Tim Murray added Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Ryan O’Reilly Jamie McGinn, David Legwand and Robin Lehner. And let's not forget Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. "Look at the moves he's been able to make," Gionta said. "You can say you want a better team, you want to bring in better players, but for him to actually pull that off and make the moves he did, it shows that he means business. That excites guys in the locker room."
Jul 26 - 10:09 PM

The Rochester Americans have parted ways with head coach Chadd Cassidy.

The Americans are the AHL affiliates of the Buffalo Sabres. Cassidy continues Sabres GM Tim Murray's shakeup within the organization after he fired Buffalo bench boss Ted Nolan as well as assistant coach Danny Flynn. The Sabres also decided not to re-sign Bryan Trottier and Tom Coolen. "I'd like to thank Chadd for all of his hard work and contributions during his time with the Amerks," said Murray. "With the organization as a whole continuing to move forward into a new chapter, we have decided to make a change at that position and will begin the search for a new Amerks head coach immediately."
May 1 - 5:13 PM

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray cleared house on Sunday evening, along with firing Head Coach Ted Nolan, he fired Assistant Coach Danny Flynn, and did not renew the contracts of Bryan Trottier & Tom Coolen.

While it's never unexpected that the front office will clear its coaching staff following finishing dead last in the standings, it's still a bit surprising given the new and incoming talent to the roster for next season. Suffice it to say that it's going to be an interesting summer in western New York.
Apr 12 - 7:20 PM

Brian Gionta scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-2 loss to Columbus.

The 36-year-old has been pretty productive of late. He has picked up at least a point in 10 of his last 13 games and he has six goals and 16 points during that span. Gionta picked up the primary assist on Mikhail Grigorenko's first period goal and he scored one of his own in the final minute of the second period. The Sabres captain has 13 goals and 35 points in 68 games in 2014-15.
Apr 10 - 10:01 PM

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C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Zemgus Girgensons
4David Legwand
5Johan Larsson
6Tim Schaller
LW1Evander Kane
2Matt Moulson
3Marcus Foligno
4Cody McCormick
5Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Tyler Ennis
2Brian Gionta
3Sam Reinhart
4Jamie McGinn
D1Zach Bogosian
2Cody Franson
3Rasmus Ristolainen
4Mike Weber
5Mark Pysyk
6Josh Gorges
7Carlo Colaiacovo
8Jake McCabe
G1Chad Johnson
2Linus Ullmark
3Robin Lehner