Gionta Signs Close To Home With Sabres

Brian Gionta is coming back home. 

Or at least as close as he can get. 

Buffalo Sabres Tuesday announced the team has signed Gionta to a three-year contract.

Gionta grew up in Greece and graduated from Aquinas in 1997. 
He's a 12-year NHL veteran and has spent the past five seasons playing for the Montreal Canadiens, serving as the team’s captain since the 2010-11 season. Prior to the Canadiens, Gionta played seven seasons with the New Jersey Devils, including the 2002-03 Stanley Cup-winning Devils squad.

The Sabres are not close to being playoff ready, but Gionta's leadership is perfect for the super-young Buffalo squad. He's also being joined in the move from Montreal to Buffalo by defenseman Josh Georges. The Sabres sent Montreal a 2nd round pick in the 2016 draft for Georges. 

Last year in Montreal, he totaled 40 points (18+22) through 81 regular-season games played and added seven points (1+6) in 17 playoff games.
In his 12 NHL seasons, Gionta has amassed 485 points (249+236) in 776 regular-season games. He has also recorded 45 game-winning goals, 74 power-play goals and a plus-65 rating. He has appeared in 112 playoff games, registering 68 points (32+36). In the 2005-06 season, Gionta set the Devils franchise record for goals in a season with 48.
Gionta was drafted by the Devils in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at Boston College (1997-98 – 2000-01), captaining the Eagles to a national championship in 2000-01.  

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