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Brian Gionta | Winger

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 174
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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

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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

Brian Gionta produced a goal and an assist during the Sabres' 4-3 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes in Buffalo Monday night.

The Sabres captain increased his season points total to 33 -- 12 goals and 21 assists. Tyler Ennis also had a goal and an assist for Buffalo. Ennis hit the 20-goal mark. He also has 25 assists. Other goal scorers for the Sabres were Mikhail Grigorenko (second) and Johan Larsson (sixth). Defenseman Zach Bogosian had two assists, giving him 16 for the season. The Sabres were up 4-0 in this game after Ennis scored his goal at 16:48 of the second period.
Apr 6 - 10:13 PM

Brian Gionta contributed two assists in a 4-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday night.

He has registered two points in four of his past five games. The Sabres captain has produced four goals and seven helpers in his last nine outings.
Apr 2 - 8:58 AM

Brian Gionta collected a short-handed goal and an assist, both into empty nets, to finish off Monday's 4-1 victory over Arizona.

Gionta has now recorded two points in three of his last four games, with four goals and six points during that time. The Sabres Captain now owns 11 goals and 28 points this season, his worst season total in which he's played at least 60 games since 2006-07.
Mar 31 - 3:18 AM

Brian Gionta will replace Tyler Ennis on the Buffalo Sabres' top line Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

Ennis is out with a shoulder injury. Gionta will replace Ennis at right wing on the Sabres' first line alongside left wing Matt Moulson and center Johan Larsson. "His enthusiastic approach to the game the way he plays and competes should make all the young kids who get opportunities play even harder because of that," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said of Gionta, 36, who has 10 goals and 16 assists. "I've been very impressed with Brian's overall approach." Gionta has three goals and one assist in a two-game streak.
Mar 28 - 5:50 PM

Brian Gionta's goal and assist were not enough to help the Sabres get past fellow basement-dweller Arizona on Thursday night.

The Sabres lost 4-3 in overtime to their main rival for the draft lottery crown. Gionta has been playing well lately with seven points in his past six games.
Mar 27 - 12:52 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Zemgus Girgensons
4David Legwand
5Johan Larsson
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
7Bob Sanguinetti
8Matt Donovan
9Carlo Colaiacovo
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson
3Nathan Lieuwen