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Brian Gionta | Winger

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 176
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The Buffalo Sabres expect Brian Gionta (upper body) to return for their first game after the All-Star break.
The Sabres will be taking on the Flames on January 27th, and Gionta should be back for that game. Gionta has missed 12 straight games with the injury he suffered on December 21st. "Two more days then we have the All-Star break, and he’s ready to go for the rest of the year versus taking that little risk now," coach Ted Nolan said in First Niagara Center. "We don’t think it’s worth it. Eight to 10 days and he’ll be 100 percent. Jan 18 - 11:26 AM

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Brian Gionta (upper body) may not be back until after the All-Star break.

Gionta has been practicing with the Sabres all week, but the club is erring on the side of caution. "You have to make sure you maintain that patience that you're doing the right thing for him for the long term," coach Ted Nolan said. "I'd play him tonight, to tell you the truth, but we'll be a little bit more patient. If there's still that little question mark, we'll wait until after the All-Star break."
Jan 16 - 10:23 AM

Brian Gionta (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Gionta hasn't played since Dec. 21, so he can be activated whenever he's healthy. He has four goals and 11 points in 34 contests this season.
Jan 13 - 5:30 PM

Brian Gionta (upper body) took part in Sunday's practice.

It was his first session since before Christmas. "It feels good to get out here with the guys," said Gionta, who still doesn't have a timetable for his return. "We'll see how I progress all week." Gionta suffered what is believed to be a head injury on Dec. 21 on a hit from Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski.
Jan 12 - 8:59 AM

Brian Gionta is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

He was injured in Boston on Dec. 21 when he received a high hit from defenseman Matt Bartkowski. The Sabres captain has four goals and 11 points in 34 games this year.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 08:10:00 AM

Brian Gionta didn't play Tuesday night because of an upper-body injury.

That was expected after he left Sunday's game following a hard hit from Boston's Matt Bartkowski. Coach Ted Nolan said Gionta is not suffering from a concussion, but the Sabres captain needs further examination when the team returns to Buffalo.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski delivered a big high hit to Brian Gionta in the first period of Sunday's Bruins-Sabres tilt, Gionta will not return due to an upper body injury.

Gionta went airborn, spun around, and landed viciously before laying still on the ice face-first. Before leaving under his own power, the Sabres captain skated 4:06 with one shot on goal. We'll keep you updated on his condition.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:32:00 PM

Brian Gionta netted a goal for Buffalo in its 3-2 loss to the Panthers on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old is in town not for his offensive abilities but for his leadership. Gionta has just three goals and nine points on the season, as this was his first goal since a milt-goal effort Nov. 18. Drew Stafford picked up the other goal, just his fifth of the season.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 10:44:00 PM

Brian Gionta tallied a pair of goals for the Sabres in Tuesday's 4-1 defeat of San Jose.

It took him 20 games, but Gionta, like the rest of his Sabres teammates, has finally broken out of his offensive shell. The goals on this night were the first two of his season so he shouldn't be anywhere near a fantasy roster. He also added an assist in the match. Brian Flynn and Nicolas Deslauriers scored Buffalo's other goals in the win.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 12:22:00 AM

Brian Gionta feels he's getting some chances, but he has to do more to produce.

"Last few games I had some good chances, just missed the net or kind of tried to get too precise with things," he said. "For the most part I feel good about my game except getting on the score sheet. ... It always is frustrating. You want to help the team and you want to be part of that. Especially when the team is losing you want to do what you can to help and part of that is scoring in my position. I have to do better in that aspect." Gionta doesn't have a goal in 13 games with the Sabres and he's contributed just one assist. He's picked up 20 shots and will be looking to get on the board against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, on Wednesday night.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 08:29:00 AM

Brian Gionta had his best game as a Sabre in Tuesday's win over Carolina.

He registered five shots and picked up an assist for his first point in Buffalo. Gionta didn't have a shot on goal in two games going into Tuesday's match and he responded after coach Ted Nolan called out his players and called them a "peewee" club. "It's one thing to lose games; it's another thing when it's the effort," the Buffalo captain said. "We can change that. We control that, so that's a good thing."
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Brian Gionta has been selected as the Buffalo Sabres' new captain.

Gionta obviously has experience in that role given that he wore the 'C' in Montreal. After signing a three-year contract, Gionta will help guide the young Sabres during their rebuilding process. Giving him the captaincy will help keep some of the pressure off of those same youngsters until they're ready to assume leadership of this team.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Brian Gionta skated with Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson in Tuesday's practice.

Gionta has played with several different players at training camp, but coach Ted Nolan wants to iron out some line ideas with the regular season just around the corner. "With those two guys, it's great for me," Gionta said of the possible combination. "Tyler is extremely skilled. Crafty. A playmaker. Sees the ice extremely well. And Moulson is a veteran guy that can slow the pace down, find the openings and find goals."
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 10:54:00 AM

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.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 08:18:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:35:00 AM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Ennis
2Cody Hodgson
3Zemgus Girgensons
4Tim Schaller
LW1Matt Moulson
2Marcus Foligno
3Brian Flynn
4Cody McCormick
5Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Drew Stafford
2Chris Stewart
3Brian Gionta
4Torrey Mitchell
5Zac Dalpe
6Patrick Kaleta
D1Tyler Myers
2Rasmus Ristolainen
3Josh Gorges
4Nikita Zadorov
5Mike Weber
6Andre Benoit
7Andrej Meszaros
8Tyson Strachan
G1Jhonas Enroth
2Michal Neuvirth