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Montreal south? Buffalo signs Gionta: three years, $12.75M

Jul 1, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

Brian Gionta

The Montreal-Buffalo rivalry in the Atlantic Division should be spicy next year.

Buffalo, having already acquired Habs alternate captain Josh Gorges earlier today, have now inked ex-Canadiens captain Brian Gionta to a three-year, $12.75 million pact, per Sportsnet.

Gionta, 35, just wrapped a five-year, $25 million deal signed with the Habs in 2008. He had worn the “C” since 2010 and rebounded well from a twice-torn bicep that limited him to 31 games in 2011-12 and forced him to miss the final three games of Montreal’s 2013 postseason.

This season, Gionta scored 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games, but saw his TOI average dip below 18 minutes for the first time in five years. The captain also chipped in with seven points in 17 playoff games, but managed to score just one goal.

He should provide leadership to what promises to be a very young Buffalo team next year, and further helps the team get to the salary cap floor.

 

 

  1. thesportsjudge - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Buffalo can have a REAL captain now, not like their previous one(Ott.)

  2. sabresfanallday - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    LOSER

  3. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Keep in mind that the Sabres had to reach the cap floor. Adding Gorges and Gionta helps them achieve this objective, and are both very good acquisitions to assist with the re-building process.

  4. winnipegwonder - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    I’m down with subban for captain!

  5. djshnooks - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I told you…you could have written this 25 minutes earlier if you listened to me! Lol.

    I grew up with the Gionta’s and played with Stephen. I love this move and I know he’s very happy to be home…watch for Stephen to join him, possibly for Rochester.

  6. finfodder - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Gionta looked old a and soft in the playoffs for Montreal last season. He didn’t contribute offensively and always seemed to lose the puck battles along the boards. I love the guy and his leadership is exactly what the Sabres need but it was definitely the right move for Montreal not resign him.

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