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Video: Brian Gionta hopes to return this season

Jan 25, 2012, 8:24 PM EST

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The Montreal Canadiens are playing well tonight (currently up 4-0 against the Detroit Red Wings), but the bottom line is that the big picture has been ugly. Losing team captain Brian Gionta added another injury to the insults, but he spoke to the media for the first time since what seemed to be season-ending bicep surgery today.

The most interesting thing he said was that the surgery might not end his 2011-12 campaign after all, although that could just be blind optimism:

Would it really be worth it for him to come back if Montreal remains trapped in the Eastern Conference cellar? Maybe not, but you get the feeling that Gionta is having trouble watching his team struggle from the sidelines.

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