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Gionta signs with the Bruins

The former Sabres captain gets a deal through the rest of the 2017-18 season

February 25, 2018 - 12:42 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

Former Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta is back from PyeongChang, South Korea after captaining Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics. With Gionta returning from the Winter Olympics, now he is making his return to the NHL.

It was announced early Sunday afternoon that Gionta had signed a deal with the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Gionta had no points in five games in PyeongChang as the U.S. was eliminated by the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round.

Before representing the United States in South Korea, Gionta had spent much of the year practicing with the Rochester Americans. Gionta even got into one game for the Amerks, scoring a goal in front of his hometown faithful in Rochester. 

The 39-year old, 15-year NHL veteran spent three seasons as the Sabres captain from 2014 to 2017. Gionta suited up for 230 games with the Sabres, scoring 40 goals and 103 points.

Gionta joins the Bruins, who made a big trade on Sunday acquiring Rick Nash from the New York Rangers. Gionta is destined for a bottom-six role in Boston as the Bruins are currently third in the Atlantic Division, but are just five-points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the division lead. Boston will likely make the playoffs this season, as they have a 20-point lead over the Florida Panthers, who sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division standings.

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