Gionta officially retired Monday and will join the Sabres in a front-office role.
The 39-year-old had been skating this offseason, but another run at it wasn't in the cards. He barely played last season, not seeing NHL action until after the Olympics when he joined the Bruins for 20 games. For many years, Gionta was one of the best American forwards in the league, and he certainly made fantasy owners happy in the 2005-06 season when he scored 48 goals. Those days are in the past now.
Gionta said he's ready for retirement "unless something very out of the ordinary and significant came through," NHL.com reports.
Despite how Gionta's been training in Rochester, New York -- his home town -- ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, that does not necessarily mean that he'll continue his career. "I've still trained because that's the routine," he said. "It's what I've done every summer for the last 17 years." The diminutive veteran only appeared in 20 games at hockey's highest level last season, recording two goals and five assists for the Bruins. Known for his veteran leadership and hockey smarts, Gionta remains an unrestricted free agent with about a month to go before training camp begins.
Gionta will not have his contract extended by the Bruins, Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe reports.
Gionta is a 39-year-old with pending unrestricted free-agent status, so it'll be interesting to see whether he ultimately retires or decides to lace up his skates for at least one more season. The New York native has compiled 595 points (291 goals, 304 assists) over 1,026 career contests between the Devils, Canadiens, Sabres and Bruins. He recorded seven points over 20 games with the B's this past season, numbers well off the pace he set in his prime. Still, if Gionta wishes to play next season, his veteran leadership and ability to contribute secondary scoring, could land him another deal.
Gionta has yet to make a decision on his future, but continuing to play remains an option, Matt Kalman of NHL.com reports.
Now 39 years young, Gionta became a Bruin after competing at the Olympics for the United States, tallying two goals and five assists in 20 regular-season contests. Gionta was somewhat of an afterthought during the postseason though, serving as a healthy scratch in 11 of 12 games. Despite his age, the former Boston College Eagle can still be an effective player due to his high hockey IQ, but his days as a pint-sized, scoring dynamo are in the past.
Gionta recorded two goals and seven points in 20 games for the Bruins this past season.
The 39-year-old caught on with Boston after representing Team USA at the Olympics. Gionta's arrival helped the Bruins weather a series of injuries up front, but as the team heads into the postseason, the veteran forward's lineup status isn't firmly entrenched. Gionta is slated to become an unrestricted free agent upon completion of the current campaign.
Gionta logged 12:06 worth of ice time, including 3:06 on the power play, in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Jets.
After charging out of the gate with six points in his first five games as a Bruin, Gionta has now gone nine straight outings without recording a point. Though the 39-year-old forward has cooled off, he's been a solid addition to a banged-up Bruins squad and has likely earned himself consideration for a lineup spot up front for the team's playoff drive, even as Boston's injured players gradually return to action.
Gionta had two assists -- including one on the power play -- in Thursday's 8-4 win over the Penguins.
Making his season debut after signing with Boston following the Olympics, the 39-year-old Gionta showed that he's still got plenty left in the tank. The Rochester native should benefit from a lack of early-season wear-and-tear, and Gionta could be worth a pickup if he can replicate this effort moving forward.
Gionta signed a one-year contract worth $700,000 with Boston on Sunday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
It seemed like Gionta's plan was to always return to the NHL after competing with Team USA at the Olympics, and he's finally found his suitor. The 39-year-old wasn't able to post any points through five games at the Olympic level, but was able to log 35 points in 82 games last season in Buffalo. Nonetheless, Gionta likely won't see more than a bottom-six role in Boston.
Gionta's agent is talking to NHL teams about a potential deal after the Olympics, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Gionta has yet to play a game in the 2017-18 season, but has been practicing steadily with AHL Rochester all year and played in the pre-Olympic Deutschland Cup. The 39-year-old did have a strong season in Buffalo last year, logging 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 82 games, and could use the Olympics as a stage to prove to potential playoff teams that he's still got it. Gionta will have roughly 36 hours after the gold medal game to sign a contract and be eligible for the playoffs, so expect a transaction shortly following the game if a team thinks he could provide leadership, and still fit in its bottom six.
Gionta will not sign an AHL deal and will instead focus on competing in the Olympics, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
After having a successful NHL career that included 11 playoff appearances, it's easy to understand why the veteran wants to play on a big stage one last time. However, this will likely signal the end of Gionta's pro career, unless he's willing to take a minor-league deal next season.
Gionta is very unlikely to re-sign with the Sabres, the Olean Times Herald reports.
The Sabres are transitioning into the next stage of their maturation process under new general manager Jason Botterill, so not bringing back their 38-year-old captain makes sense. Gionta was a very reliable middle-six winger for the Sabres who scored at least 30 points in each of his three seasons with the club. However, there just seems to be no place for him on the team, especially after the Sabres acquired right winger Jason Pominville from Minnesota. Gionta's camp is optimistic he'll land a contract for the 2017-18 season, but his options will certainly be limited.
Gionta, who has served as the Sabres' captain since the 2014-15 season, is hoping to stay with the club, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
The 38-year-old has scored at least 30 points in each of his three seasons in Buffalo, and he believes that he can still be a valuable contributor in the NHL. Despite the Sabres' struggles, Gionta was one of the team's most consistent performers, but his role with the club is unclear with a new general manager at the helm.
Monday's contest against the Panthers will be the 1,000th game of Gionta's career.
It's quite the accomplishment for the 37-year-old, who's been criticized for being too small throughout his career. The Sabres captain is no longer the goal scorer he once was, but he has certainly been a consistent producer during his time in Buffalo, scoring at least 30 points in each of his past three seasons. The Sabres captain has been a staple in the top-nine, but is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. His fantasy value is minimal in standard formats, although he may be worth a streaming start if he plays alongside Jack Eichel. Gionta has 14 goals this season and his 10.4 shooting percentage is his highest mark in three years.
Gionta managed a power-play goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 road loss to the Penguins.
Both points took place in the first period, as the Sabres ended up squandering a 3-0 lead after the first frame. Gionta is lauded for his leadership abilities, but that only goes so far in the numbers-hungry world of fantasy hockey. He has three two-point efforts since the beginning of February (17 games), albeit with no goals or assists in the rest of those contests. It's hard to trust a guy like him in shallow leagues.
Gionta tallied a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Predators.
He'd missed the scoresheet nine consecutive times since recording two assists against the Sharks back on Feb. 7, some three weeks ago. Gionta managed to produce at a slightly elevated pace for a good chunk of the season, but he's fallen off dramatically, and with a modest 29 points in 63 games for the season, his fantasy relevance remains quite low.
Gionta picked up a pair of assists in a 5-4 overtime win against San Jose on Tuesday.
He'd missed the scoresheet in three straight following a four-game point streak, so Gionta's had a bit of a see-saw effect lately. Nonetheless, he's been surprisingly productive, at least by deep-league standards. No one's going to swoon over his roughly 40-point pace, but that's usable production in certain formats.
Gionta's assist on Evander Kane's goal Thursday against Dallas now gives him a point in three straight games.
Gionta has been very productive of late, and prior to his current streak had a goal and two assists in three games. He's on pace to set career highs as a Sabre with 11 goals and 24 points in 48 games, after finishing with 33 and 35 points over the past two seasons. A big reason for his increased production is his shooting percentage at 11.7 percent, which is almost five percent higher than last year's. He's a depth fantasy forward only in the deepest of leagues -- there's not much upside to be had in the 38-year-old.
Gionta earned a pair of assists and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-3 loss against the Leafs.
The well-aged veteran has had a surprisingly productive campaign, as he owns 21 points through 44 contests, though this was his first multi-point game since Dec. 27 and only his fourth of the season. There's still not a whole lot of fantasy relevance here, especially since he has a minus-3 rating and doesn't contribute on the power play, where he has only one point despite seeing consistently significant ice time.
Gionta notched two assists -- one on the game-winner -- and a plus-2 rating during Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Red Wings.
Gionta is one of several players enjoying Jack Eichel back in the lineup, even if he's not directly affecting his output. The 37-year-old has put up a solid December to date, potting three goals and tacking on five helpers. After November's minus-5 rating, it's good to see the veteran sitting at plus-2 this month with two contests to go.
Gionta found the back of the net in Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime win over the Oilers.
Gionta's tally was made possible by a slick backhand feed from Marcus Foligno along the goal stripe. A small but feisty winger, Gionta is up to six goals and five helpers on the season, providing modest utility for fantasy owners in deep leagues.
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