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Brian Gionta | Winger

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 174
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Rochester, N.Y. native Brian Gionta is looking forward to playing with the Buffalo Sabres.
"We're excited to be there," said Gionta, who signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Sabres in July. "It's been a while since I've been that close to home, and I think it's a great fit for myself on the team but also for my family in the community." He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games last season with Montreal. He's expected to provide Buffalo with some leadership and he can chip in offensively. Sep 16 - 8:18 AM
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Brian Gionta said he's leaving the Montreal Canadiens with a "heavy heart."

Gionta served as the team's captain, but signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. "It's not an easy thing to come to terms with, but we had to look to the future and we're excited about that," Gionta said. "But the last five years have been a huge part of our life and we're very lucky to have experienced it and very grateful for it." He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Jul 2 - 10:35 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed fomer Montreal captain Brian Gionta to a three-year $12.75 million contract.

The deal comes with a no-movement clause for the firs two seasons and a limited no-trade clause for the third campaign. Gionta will bring leadership to a young Sabres' squad and will join Josh Gorges in Buffalo. Look for Gionta to play a second or third-line role which will limit his fantasy value and will make him marginal hockey pool pick.
Jul 1 - 1:19 PM

The Buffalo Sabres are interested in signing Brian Gionta once he becomes an unrestricted free agent Tuesday afternoon.

It appears that the interest in mutual. Although the Sabres aren't likely to compete for a playoff spot in the near future, they do want some veteran talent to help guide their young players and they think Gionta would be a good fit for that role.
Jul 1 - 8:31 AM

Brian Gionta doesn't have a "strong inclination to leave" Montreal to test the waters as an unrestricted free agent.

According to ESPN's Craig Custance, Gionta will speak with his agent, Steve Bartlett, shortly to plan his future.
Jun 21 - 12:49 PM

The Montreal Canadiens contract negotiations with Brian Gionta have gotten serious over the last couple of days.

Montreal is hoping to re-sign Gionta before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Canadiens captain had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Jun 18 - 6:00 PM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin hopes to retain the services of Brian Gionta heading into next season.

Gionta has already expressed his preference to stay with the Canadiens. The Montreal captain can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He generated 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games during the regular season.
Jun 2 - 12:47 PM

Brian Gionta has yet to talk to the Canadiens about a new deal, but says he wants to remain in Montreal.

The 35-year-old captain is an unrestricted free agent after finishing out a five-year, $25 million contract. "We love it here," Gionta said. "My family's been here for a while. We love the city. We love the team and believe in the team and the direction of the team, so we'll leave it up to [Bergevin] and my agent to take care of it. … Nothing’s been discussed. We have a mutual respect for each other and I'm sure we'll get together soon." Gionta had 18 goals and 40 points during the regular season, with seven more points in the playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
May 31 - 9:28 PM

Brian Gionta is trying to stay positive despite a 3-1 series deficit against the New York Rangers.

"It's a challenge, but this isn't something that can't be done," Gionta said, invoking the power of the double negative. Montreal has overcome a 3-1 series deficit twice over the last 10 years. The most recent example was in 2010 when Montreal was down 3-1 to Washington in the first round. Gionta said the guys that played through that series remember the feelings, but the situation is somewhat different. In 2010, goaltender Jaroslav Halak really carried Montreal though that comeback, stopping an unreal 131 of 134 shots in just three contests - none of which went to overtime. Rookie Dustin Tokarski has been fine in Carey Price's absence, but it would be a bit much to ask for him to lead the team in the same way Halak did.
May 27 - 10:41 AM

Brian Gionta moved up to Montreal's second line at practice on Wednesday.

He skated with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk after Thomas Vanek was bumped down to the fourth line. It's unclear if he will head into Game 3 on Thursday night on that combination. Gionta has a goal and four assists in 13 playoff contests.
May 22 - 10:02 AM

Brian Gionta set up Rene Bourque for the Canadiens first goal of the game Saturday.

The goal cut the Rangers lead in half but two late second period goals gave New York a 4-1 lead going into the third period and it was all over. Gionta has four assists in the post-season to go with one goal so if you picked him very late in a deep draft, he has been quite good for your fantasy team.
May 18 - 9:25 AM

Montreal captain Brian Gionta knows that the team can't get too comfortable with its 2-0 series lead.

The Canadiens won both games against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. "It's huge," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "But at the end of the day we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back. We won two games in (the Bruins') building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that (Sunday) night is our focus. And we've got to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that." Winning on Sunday would force Tampa Bay to try and pull off the nearly impossible task of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. As it is, the Lightning in a very bad spot going forward.
Apr 20 - 10:46 AM

If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.

Lamoriello said despite the organization’s reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta’s younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Apr 19 - 11:33 AM

Brian Gionta notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's overtime win against Tampa Bay.

He scored a shorthanded marker in the second and added an assist in the third of Game 1's sea-saw battle. Gionta concluded the match with four shots and a plus-1 rating.
Apr 17 - 10:43 AM

Brian Gionta scored the game's only goal on a penalty shot with 2:04 to play in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic, 1-0 victory against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday night.

The Canadiens' captain grabbed a Raphael Diaz turnover at the Montreal blue line and was on his way to break in alone when Diaz hauled him down from behind, earning Gionta a penalty shot. Gionta came in, faked to his forehand and deked to his backhand to beat Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot. It was Gionta's 40th point of the season. He's the eighth Montreal player to hit that mark this season. It also was his 18th goal of the season.
Apr 12 - 10:27 PM

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3Brian Flynn
4Cody McCormick
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RW1Cody Hodgson
2Drew Stafford
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4Chris Stewart
5Patrick Kaleta
6Torrey Mitchell
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3Josh Gorges
4Andrej Meszaros
5Mike Weber
6Andre Benoit
7Mark Pysyk
8Chad Ruhwedel
9Jake McCabe
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2Michal Neuvirth