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Gionta was named the 19th full-time captain of the Sabres on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, there's no bonus points in fantasy for having a player with a 'C', but this follows yet another long line of good moves general manager Tim Murray and head coach Ted Nolan have made. Gionta will be the oldest and most experienced player on Buffalo's roster this season and slated to line up on the second line with Cody Hodgson and rookie center Sam Reinhart. There's a lot of optimism in Buffalo these days even though the team isn't expected to contend for a playoff spot. That extra boost of energy could see the Sabres exceed expectations. Gionta is looking for his eighth 20-goal season.

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Brian Gionta said he's leaving the Montreal Canadiens with a "heavy heart."

Gionta 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.

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed fomer Montreal captain Brian Gionta to a three-year $12.75 million contract.

The 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.

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The Buffalo Sabres are interested in signing Brian Gionta once he becomes an unrestricted free agent Tuesday afternoon.

It 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.

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Brian Gionta doesn't have a "strong inclination to leave" Montreal to test the waters as an unrestricted free agent.

According to ESPN's Craig Custance, Gionta will speak with his agent, Steve Bartlett, shortly to plan his future.

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The Montreal Canadiens contract negotiations with Brian Gionta have gotten serious over the last couple of days.

Montreal 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.

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Montreal GM Marc Bergevin hopes to retain the services of Brian Gionta heading into next season.

Gionta 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.

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Brian Gionta has yet to talk to the Canadiens about a new deal, but says he wants to remain in Montreal.

The 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.

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Brian Gionta is trying to stay positive despite a 3-1 series deficit against the New York Rangers.

"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.

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Brian Gionta moved up to Montreal's second line at practice on Wednesday.

He 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.