|Assets:||Plays with loads of feistiness and energy. Shows excellent offensive and two-way ability. Has excellent quickness and acceleration. Possesses nifty skills and instincts around an opposing net, and will even take a pounding in front of it.|
|Flaws:||Does battle inconsistency in terms of production. Over time he can also wear down with overuse, mainly because of his smallish stature. When he plays too much, he tends to start making mental mistakes. Injuries are increasingly problematic.|
|Career Potential:||Diminutive but savvy veteran scoring winger.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2002-03 (New Jersey)|
|HE||Player of the Year||2000-01|
|HE||Rookie of the Year||1997-98|
|NCAA||East First All-American Team||2000-01, 1999-00, 1998-99|
|HE||First All-Star Team||2000-01, 1999-00, 1998-99|
|NCAA||East Second All-American Team||1997-98|
|HE||Second All-Star Team||1997-98|
|Walter Brown Award||2000-01 (shared with Ty Conklin)|
|MTJHL||Player of the Year||1996-97|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year contract.|
|10/15/2013||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|10/12/2013||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|5/09/2013||Missed the last 2 playoff games (biceps injury).|
|5/08/2013||Biceps injury, remainder of the playoffs.|
|5/07/2013||Biceps injury, day-to-day.|
|5/05/2013||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|5/03/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/07/2012||Missed the last 40 regular season games (biceps injury).|
|1/14/2012||Biceps injury, injured reserve.|
|1/12/2012||Biceps injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/07/2012||Missed 11 games (lower body injury).|
|12/13/2011||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/10/2011||Arm injury, day-to-day.|
|12/28/2009||Missed 21 games (broken left foot).|
|11/18/2009||Broken left foot, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/14/2009||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a four-year contract.|
|11/12/2008||Missed 1 game (head injury).|
|11/09/2008||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|4/08/2007||Missed 1 game (leg injury).|
|4/05/2007||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|4/01/2007||Missed 11 games (groin).|
|3/16/2007||Groin, early April.|
|3/04/2007||Missed 8 games (groin).|
|10/03/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New Jersey Devils to a three-year contract.|
|9/21/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New Jersey Devils.|
|7/31/2005||New Jersey Devils tendered a qualifying offer.|
|1/03/2005||NHL lockout: Signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Liga (Germany).|
|3/20/2004||Missed 7 games (facial injury).|
|3/06/2004||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|3/05/2004||Facial injury, left Friday's game.|
|2/23/2003||Missed 3 games (ankle injury).|
|2/17/2003||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|2/15/2003||Missed 19 games (broken right leg).|
|2/04/2003||Broken right leg, day-to-day.|
|1/04/2003||Broken right leg, late January.|
|12/19/2002||Missed 2 games (ankle injury).|
|12/14/2002||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|1/23/2002||Recalled from Albany (AHL).|
|1/04/2002||Assigned to Albany (AHL).|
|12/28/2001||Recalled from Albany (AHL).|
|9/26/2001||Assigned to Albany (AHL).|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres.|
|7/01/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|6/27/1998||Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 3rd round (82nd overall) in 1998.|
Brian Gionta leaves Habs with 'heavy heart' | 07/02/2014 10:35 AM
NewsBrian Gionta said he's leaving the Montreal Canadiens with a "heavy heart."
ImpactGionta served as the team's captain, but signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. "It's not an easy thing to come to terms with, but we had to look to the future and we're excited about that," Gionta said. "But the last five years have been a huge part of our life and we're very lucky to have experienced it and very grateful for it." He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Gionta signs with Sabres | 07/01/2014 1:19 PM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres have signed fomer Montreal captain Brian Gionta to a three-year $12.75 million contract.
ImpactThe deal comes with a no-movement clause for the firs two seasons and a limited no-trade clause for the third campaign. Gionta will bring leadership to a young Sabres' squad and will join Josh Gorges in Buffalo. Look for Gionta to play a second or third-line role which will limit his fantasy value and will make him marginal hockey pool pick.
Sabres interested in signing Brian Gionta | 07/01/2014 8:31 AM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres are interested in signing Brian Gionta once he becomes an unrestricted free agent Tuesday afternoon.
ImpactIt appears that the interest in mutual. Although the Sabres aren't likely to compete for a playoff spot in the near future, they do want some veteran talent to help guide their young players and they think Gionta would be a good fit for that role.
Brian Gionta may want to stay in Montreal | 06/21/2014 12:49 PM
NewsBrian Gionta doesn't have a "strong inclination to leave" Montreal to test the waters as an unrestricted free agent.
Craig Custance on Twitter
ImpactAccording to ESPN's Craig Custance, Gionta will speak with his agent, Steve Bartlett, shortly to plan his future.
Canadiens, Gionta's talks are getting serious | 06/18/2014 6:00 PM
NewsThe Montreal Canadiens contract negotiations with Brian Gionta have gotten serious over the last couple of days.
The Bergen Record
ImpactMontreal is hoping to re-sign Gionta before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Canadiens captain had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
GM Bergevin hopes to re-sign Brian Gionta | 06/02/2014 12:47 PM
NewsMontreal GM Marc Bergevin hopes to retain the services of Brian Gionta heading into next season.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactGionta has already expressed his preference to stay with the Canadiens. The Montreal captain can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He generated 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games during the regular season.
Brian Gionta wants to remain with Canadiens | 05/31/2014 9:28 PM
NewsBrian Gionta has yet to talk to the Canadiens about a new deal, but says he wants to remain in Montreal.
ImpactThe 35-year-old captain is an unrestricted free agent after finishing out a five-year, $25 million contract. "We love it here," Gionta said. "My family's been here for a while. We love the city. We love the team and believe in the team and the direction of the team, so we'll leave it up to [Bergevin] and my agent to take care of it. . Nothing's been discussed. We have a mutual respect for each other and I'm sure we'll get together soon." Gionta had 18 goals and 40 points during the regular season, with seven more points in the playoffs.
Brian Gionta stays upbeat despite deficit | 05/27/2014 10:41 AM
NewsBrian Gionta is trying to stay positive despite a 3-1 series deficit against the New York Rangers.
Impact"It's a challenge, but this isn't something that can't be done," Gionta said, invoking the power of the double negative. Montreal has overcome a 3-1 series deficit twice over the last 10 years. The most recent example was in 2010 when Montreal was down 3-1 to Washington in the first round. Gionta said the guys that played through that series remember the feelings, but the situation is somewhat different. In 2010, goaltender Jaroslav Halak really carried Montreal though that comeback, stopping an unreal 131 of 134 shots in just three contests - none of which went to overtime. Rookie Dustin Tokarski has been fine in Carey Price's absence, but it would be a bit much to ask for him to lead the team in the same way Halak did.
Brian Gionta skates on second line Wednesday | 05/22/2014 10:02 AM
NewsBrian Gionta moved up to Montreal's second line at practice on Wednesday.
ImpactHe skated with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk after Thomas Vanek was bumped down to the fourth line. It's unclear if he will head into Game 3 on Thursday night on that combination. Gionta has a goal and four assists in 13 playoff contests.
Brian Gionta picks up fourth assist | 05/18/2014 9:25 AM
NewsBrian Gionta set up Rene Bourque for the Canadiens first goal of the game Saturday.
ImpactThe goal cut the Rangers lead in half but two late second period goals gave New York a 4-1 lead going into the third period and it was all over. Gionta has four assists in the post-season to go with one goal so if you picked him very late in a deep draft, he has been quite good for your fantasy team.
Canadiens can't afford to get overconfident | 04/20/2014 10:46 AM
NewsMontreal captain Brian Gionta knows that the team can't get too comfortable with its 2-0 series lead.
ImpactThe Canadiens won both games against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. "It's huge," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "But at the end of the day we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back. We won two games in (the Bruins') building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that (Sunday) night is our focus. And we've got to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that." Winning on Sunday would force Tampa Bay to try and pull off the nearly impossible task of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. As it is, the Lightning in a very bad spot going forward.
Devils might wish to bring back Brian Gionta | 04/19/2014 11:33 AM
NewsIf Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.
ImpactLamoriello said despite the organization's reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta's younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Brian Gionta records SHG, assist in Game 1 | 04/17/2014 10:43 AM
NewsBrian Gionta notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's overtime win against Tampa Bay.
ImpactHe scored a shorthanded marker in the second and added an assist in the third of Game 1's sea-saw battle. Gionta concluded the match with four shots and a plus-1 rating.
Canadiens' captain nets dramatic winning goal | 04/12/2014 10:27 PM
NewsBrian Gionta scored the game's only goal on a penalty shot with 2:04 to play in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic, 1-0 victory against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday night.
ImpactThe Canadiens' captain grabbed a Raphael Diaz turnover at the Montreal blue line and was on his way to break in alone when Diaz hauled him down from behind, earning Gionta a penalty shot. Gionta came in, faked to his forehand and deked to his backhand to beat Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot. It was Gionta's 40th point of the season. He's the eighth Montreal player to hit that mark this season. It also was his 18th goal of the season.
Gionta wins strange team award | 04/12/2014 10:55 AM
NewsBrian Gionta was selected as the winner of the Jacques Beauchamp award.
ImpactThe award is anually given to the Canadiens player who played a dominant role during the regular season without earning any particular honour. Last season Brandon Prust won the award. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec also received consideration for this season's honor.
Brian Gionta gets two goals to lead Habs | 04/05/2014 11:04 PM
NewsBrian Gionta lit the lamp twice for the Canadiens in their 5-3 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.
ImpactGionta continues to be a solid producer, even at 35. He isn't going to carry the Canadiens offensively, but he can chip in and provide some secondary scoring. He has 17 goals and 39 points this season. Michael Bournival, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk picked up the other markers. Jarred Tinordi and Lars Eller assisted twice.
Brian Gionta has a two-point game | 03/16/2014 10:59 AM
NewsBrian Gionta had a goal and an assist in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win on Saturday.
ImpactGionta now has 14 goals and 33 points in 67 games this season. That's a far cry from the numbers he put up at his height, but not surprising at this point.
Brian Gionta scores lone Habs goal in loss | 02/26/2014 10:28 PM
NewsBrian Gionta's goal was the lone marker for the Canadiens in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday.
ImpactGionta tied the game at 1-1 with a goal in the final minute, but the Habs ceded an overtime tally to Gustav Nyquist late in the extra frame. Daniel Briere and Andrei Markov picked up helpers on Gionta's tally.
Gionta nets goal in final game before break | 02/09/2014 10:39 AM
NewsBrian Gionta scored a goal in Montreal's 4-1 victory on Saturday.
ImpactGionta had four points in his final six contests before the Olympic break. He's been living up to expectations this season with 11 goals and 29 points in 58 contests.
Brian Gionta scores his 10th in Habs loss | 02/02/2014 3:54 PM
NewsBrian Gionta scored the Habs' lone goal in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday.
ImpactGionta was set up by Tomas Pleckanec and Andrei Markov, and scored his 10th goal of the season.
Brian Gionta collects an assist vs Lightning | 02/02/2014 10:11 AM
NewsBrian Gionta had an assist in Montreal's 2-1 overtime defeat against Tampa Bay.
ImpactGionta has nine goals and 27 points in 54 contests in 2013-14. That's around where we expected him to be this season, so naturally we expect him to more-or-less maintain his current pace.
We can be a very average team: Habs' captain | 01/20/2014 9:43 AM
NewsThis is how Montreal captain Brian Gionta sums up his Canadiens:
Impact"When we play at the top of our game, we can play with any team in the league, but when we're not at our best we're a very average team."
Brian Gionta nets GWG Monday night | 01/07/2014 9:09 AM
NewsBrian Gionta scored for a second straight game to give Montreal a 2-1 victory over Florida Monday night.
ImpactHe has racked up nine shots in his last two contests, which helped him snap a 13-game goalless drought. The Montreal captain has seven goals and 22 points in 43 matches.
B. Gionta ended lengthy goal drought Saturday | 01/06/2014 10:35 AM
NewsBrian Gionta found the back of the net for the first time since Dec. 4 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa.
ImpactHe had gone 13 straight games without scoring a goal going into the contest, while chipping just five assists over that time. Gionta has six goals and 21 points in 42 matches.
Brian Gionta nets two points in SO win | 12/04/2013 11:42 PM
NewsBrian Gionta picked up a goal and an assist for the Habs Wednesday as they edged the Devils in a shootout by a score of 4-3.
ImpactThe tally is just the fifth of the campaign for the veteran, who is no more than a secondary option for Montreal. The Canadiens also received contributions from David Desharnais and Lars Eller on the victory.
Brian Gionta records 2 points Thursday | 10/25/2013 8:46 AM
NewsBrian Gionta notched a goal and a helper Thursday in a 4-1 victory over Anaheim.
ImpactHe has scored a goal in each of his last two games to give him three on the year and six points in nine contests. Gionta potted his goal during a 5-on-3 power play.
Brian Gionta will return to action Tuesday | 10/15/2013 10:22 AM
NewsBrian Gionta (personal) will be back in the lineup Tuesday versus Winnipeg.
ImpactHe didn't play Saturday in Vancouver, but rejoined his teammates on their road trip on Sunday. One of his sons has been sick in Montreal so it resulted in some extra travel for the Montreal forward this week. "It wasn't a life-threatening situation but it's scary when you have four or five doctors at the bedside trying to determine what's wrong," said Gionta. He will play on a line with Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty.
Brian Gionta out Saturday for family reasons | 10/12/2013 11:16 AM
NewsBrian Gionta will not play Saturday night in Vancouver against the Canucks as he has returned to Monreal for family reasons.
ImpactWe send him and his family our best wishes. Both Ryan White and Michael Bournival are expected to dress to pick up the slack due to Gionta's absence.
Brian Gionta joins teammates, set to play | 10/09/2013 7:32 AM
NewsBrian Gionta joined his teammates on Tuesday after staying behind to attend to a family matter.
ImpactThe Canadiens begin a four-game road trip through Western Canada on Wednesday night. Gionta will be in the lineup for Wednesday's contest against Calgary.
B. Gionta (personal) doesn't travel with Habs | 10/07/2013 6:55 PM
NewsBrian Gionta didn't travel with the Canadiens Monday for family reasons.
Louis Jean on Twitter
ImpactStill, he's expected to rejoin his teammates and play in Wednesday's game versus Calgary. Gionta has a goal and an assist in two games this season.
Brian Gionta will suit up Thursday | 09/25/2013 7:50 AM
NewsBrian Gionta will make his preseason debut Thursday.
ImpactHe will play on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque against Ottawa. Gionta got clearance to resume contact drills last week, but the Canadiens gave him some extra time off after he recovered from bicep surgery.
Gionta (arm) can take part in contact drills | 09/18/2013 2:59 PM
NewsBrian Gionta (arm) has been given the green light to participate in contact drills.
ImpactGionta took part in Wednesday's practice. He had 14 goals and 26 points in 48 games with the Canadiens in 2013.
Brian Gionta skates but unable to practice | 09/14/2013 7:25 AM
NewsBrian Gionta skated with the Canadiens but is still unavailable for practice due to off-season bicep surgery.
ImpactGionta suffered the injury during the first round of the playoffs. His return for the start of the season is still up in the air. He had 14 goals and 26 points in 48 games last season. Gionta is in the final year of a five-year/$25 million contract his signed in 2009. Look for 20 goals and 40-45 points from the winger.
Habs' Gionta may not be set for season opener | 09/03/2013 12:01 PM
NewsBrian Gionta may not be ready for the start of the regular season, as he is still rehabbing from surgery on his left biceps tendon.
Impact"It's possible that Gio might not be ready to start the season but he'll be ready not too long after," GM Marc Bergevin said. Montreal's captain has one year left on his current contract. Gionta registered 14 goals and 26 points in 48 games last season.
Brian Gionta not sweating contract talks | 05/30/2013 10:42 AM
NewsBrian Gionta isn't concerned that he has one year left on his current contract and there haven't been any discussions on an extension yet.
Impact"How I've always dealt with it, including the last years of my deal in New Jersey, is I just go out and play," Gionta said. "I don't worry about it, I let my agent take care of it. That's just my personality. I'm not the guy who's going to get caught up in stuff and worry about it. Things work out for a reason. They happen the way they're supposed to." He has served as the team's captain since Sept. 29, 2010 and he's provided the organization with solid leadership. Gionta is currently rehabbing from his biceps tendon surgery.
Brian Gionta (arm) will miss rest of playoffs | 05/08/2013 1:11 PM
NewsBrian Gionta has a torn left bicep that requires surgery.
Canadiens.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactGionta will not be able to return before the end of Montreal's playoff run. He played in Games 1 and 3, but wasn't available for Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss on Tuesday. The Canadiens are just one loss away from elimination heading into Game 5 on Thursday.
Brian Gionta, Ryan White out on Tuesday night | 05/07/2013 12:49 PM
NewsBrian Gionta and Ryan White will not play in Tuesday's Game 4 due to upper-body injuries.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter
ImpactGionta has been nursing the ailment all postseason while White appeared to suffer his injury Sunday night. Gionta has one assist in two postseason games while White has a goal and 23 penalty minutes in three contests. They'll be replaced by Jeff Halpern and Gabriel Dumont.
Brian Gionta picks up assist in return | 05/06/2013 10:54 AM
NewsBrian Gionta got back into Montreal's lineup Sunday night.
ImpactHe missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury. Gionta assisted on the Canadiens' lone goal in Sunday's 6-1 loss to Ottawa and he recorded three shots.
Gionta to particiapte in optional skate | 05/04/2013 11:49 AM
NewsBrian Gionta (upper-body injury) is hoping to take part in the Habs' optional skate Saturday afternoon.
Dave Stubbs Twitter
ImpactHis condition will be updated thereafter.
Brian Gionta lifts Canadiens to victory | 04/18/2013 10:50 PM
NewsBrian Gionta scored two goals for the Canadiens in a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay Thursday.
ImpactGionta's power play marker in the game's final minute, his second of the night and 14th of the season, was the game-winner. Alex Galchenyuk also picked up his ninth of the year in the victory.
Brian Gionta scores twice, but Canadiens fall | 03/02/2013 11:02 PM
NewsBrian Gionta scored two goals in Montreal's 7-6 overtime defeat Saturday.
ImpactMax Pacioretty scored his seventh goal and registered his 11th assist of the season. David Desharnais, Brandon Prust, and P.K. Subban each netted a goal for Montreal. Tomas Kaberle, Brendan Gallagher, Alexei Emelin, and Lars Eller each assisted on two of the Canadiens' six goals.
Brian Gionta scores in a losing effort | 01/20/2013 12:09 AM
NewsBrian Gionta scored the Montreal Canadiens' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Toronto.
ImpactTomas Plekanec and Raphael Diaz each registered an assist. Alexei Emelin led the team with six hits in the season opener.
|Goals||2||vs. SJ||Nov 18||2|
|Assists||1||7 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Dec 15||2|
|Points||3||vs. SJ||Nov 18||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||3 times-last:vs. TB||last:Dec 2||6|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. SJ||Nov 18||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||33 times-last:vs. Col||last:Dec 20||1|
|Power Play Points||1||vs. Ott||Dec 15||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||33 times-last:vs. Col||last:Dec 20||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||33 times-last:vs. Col||last:Dec 20||1|
|Shots||5||at Car||Oct 14||6|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2010-11 (Mtl)|
|Penalty Minutes||46||2 times-last: 2007-08 (NJ)|
|Power Play Goals||24||2005-06 (NJ)|
|Shorthanded Goals||3||2008-09 (NJ)|
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