Or at least as close as he can get.
The 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.
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.
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