The Buffalo Sabres were not going to make a big splash in free agency this year, and the rumors of them wanting to get a veteran presence have come true. TSN just announced that the Buffalo Sabres have signed Brian Gionta on the first day of free agency.
The Buffalo Sabres are going to be one of the youngest teams in the National Hockey League for the foreseeable future as Tim Murray loads up on draft picks and prospects – and will need someone to lead the team through the tough times that lie ahead as the team targets Connor McDavid in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Brian Gionta just captained the Montreal Canadiens to the Eastern Conference Finals – before losing to the New York Rangers.
Buffalo signs Brian Gionta, former New Jersey Devil and Montreal Canadien to a three year deal worth 4.25 million dollars per year.
That puts Brian Gionta on the Buffalo Sabres team through the rebuild process, and likely the end of his career. Gionta is a native of Rochester, New York – so he will likely be happy to end his career very close to home.
What the Buffalo Sabres get out of the deal is a captain worthy candidate that will be a huge presence on the ice, and a huge mentor in the locker room.
If he is made captain of the Buffalo Sabres during the rebuild, I would put his locker stall right next to whomever Tim Murray and Ted Nolan want to be the future captain of the Buffalo Sabres. Make them room mates on the road – let Gionta mentor and tutor him the three years they are together.
Gionta has a Stanley Cup with the New Jersy Devils, and played on a very energetic and high paced Montreal Canadien teams. He is definitely the type of leader that the Buffalo Sabres need both on and off the ice.
Welcome to Buffalo Brian Gionta!