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Habs captain Gionta going to free agency

Jul 1, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

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Brian Gionta and the Montreal Canadiens will likely soon be parting ways.

Agent Brian Bartlett tweets that the Habs captain will head to open market at Noon. J-F Chaumont of the Journal de Montreal says Gionta wasn’t able to work out a new deal with GM Marc Bergevin sending him to free agency.

Gionta, 35, has spent the past five seasons with the Habs and has been the team captain since 2010. In 303 games with the Habs, he scored 97 goals and had 173 points. He won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

As for where he could wind up, one team that’s been mentioned is the Buffalo Sabres. Gionta, a native of nearby Rochester, NY, may be interested in playing the part of a veteran leader on what should be a very young team.

  1. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Good luck in Buffalo lol

    • elrock7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Sabres are horrible, but it is still a nicer city than Detroit!

      • pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        never been to Buffalo but wont argue considering if you leave the Detroit Greektown/casino district you will done! lol

  2. gbart22 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Please not New Jersey.

    • pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Stephen + Brian = Cup

  3. cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    I’d be thrilled if this guy came to Buffalo! Hey at least he’d be close to home…
    The players seem to like it here as well. Both Steve Ott and Matt Moulson have had their agents contact Buffalo about coming back (saying that they both really enjoyed their time here & Ott talking of the talent we have coming). I still don’t think Buffalo would be their first choice, but I can be hopeful, right…? (at least until they sign somewhere after noon today)

  4. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Trying to sign BG in Montreal just didn’t make any sense. His game in the playoffs was horrendous. Good luck. Who will be the next captain in Montreal? Markov? PK will probably get an A.

    • pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Probably Markov, if not, then Pacioretty.

    • elrock7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      PK Already has an A……for AHOLE!

    • valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      The Pens picked up Ernhoff at 1year 4mil. Good way to fill the gap left by Nis and some young D-men are have surgery and when they get better they could move Ernhoff if they so wish at the deadline for some picks. Ernhoff also gets a chance to reprove himself so I see this as a win/win situation.

      • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Question; does Ehrhoff at 4 mill justify Gorges’ salary at 3.9 mill?

      • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Yikes! Mtl just traded Gorges to Buf for a 2nd round pick. Not much in return.

      • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        I’m guessing Mtl is going to sign a UFA, which is why they needed to move Gorges.

        Statsny just signed in STL for 28 mill

      • valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Buffalo’s second round pick is like a late first round pick.

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