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12 Brian Gionta RW
Height/Weight: 5-7/174 | Birthdate: 1/18/1979 | Birthplace: Rochester, NY, USA | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: Boston College | NHL Experience: 12 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 6/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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3/31/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF Heater Continues For Sabres' Gionta

Brian Gionta

Heater Continues For Sabres' Gionta

News: Brian Gionta potted a shorthanded tally and added an assist in Monday's 4-1 win over Arizona. He now has nine points in his last eight games.
Analysis: Despite the hot streak, we'd be remiss not to put an asterisk beside this particular box score, as both points came with an empty Arizona net in the last two minutes of the game. Still, Brian Gionta has cranked it up since mid-March, with nearly a third of his 28 points this season coming in the last eight contests. You could certainly roll the dice on him if you're making a very late push for a fantasy title, but just remember he plays for the Sabres, who have been terrible all year.

3/26/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF Gionta Provides Two Points For Sabres

Brian Gionta

Gionta Provides Two Points For Sabres

News: Brian Gionta put up his second straight two-point game Thursday, scoring an unassisted power-play goal among seven shots and adding a power-play assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona.
Analysis: That's seven points now in the last six games for the suddenly red-hot Brian Gionta, but he's been such a marginal fantasy asset for the last several years -- and the Sabres are so bad -- that it's hard to imagine him maintaining anything resembling this kind of production.

3/24/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF Gionta Scores Two But Sabres Lose

Brian Gionta

Gionta Scores Two But Sabres Lose

News: Brian Gionta scored two goals in Monday's 4-3 loss to Dallas, just the second time this season he's scored two goals in a game.
Analysis: The last time Brian Gionta scored two goals was Nov. 18, but the Sabres captain seems determined to finish the season on a strong note with five points in his past five games. He's played more than 20 minutes in eight of his past 10 games, including 23:23 Monday night with seven shots on goal. Gionta's best days are over and his mini-hot streak might go as quickly as it came, but the Sabres face the Coyotes twice and the Avs and Leafs once each over their next four games, so he might be a good play.

3/18/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Helps Out In Win

News: Brian Gionta set up the Sabres' only regulation goal in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins.
Analysis: Brian Gionta has posted near-identical stat lines the last two games, amassing a power-play helper, four SOG, and between 23 and 24 minutes of ice time in both contests. Unfortunately, even that meager level of production can't be counted on to continue, as Gionta and second-line mates Phil Varone and Marcus Foligno routinely find themselves overmatched on any given night. With 21 points so far, Gionta is on pace to produce his lowest mark for a full season since supplying 15 points for the Canadiens in an injury-plagued 2011-12 campaign.

2/26/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Generates Three Points In Win

News: Brian Gionta dished out two assists, scored an empty-net goal and went plus-4 in Thursday's win over Vancouver.
Analysis: With that, Brian Gionta matched his point production from the last 12 games put together. So although this was quite an explosion, it's not one that you can count on persisting. Don't go rushing out to pick up the largely washed-up winger.

2/20/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Reaches 500 Points

News: Brian Gionta's second-period goal in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia was the 500th point of his career.
Analysis: The 36-year-old is a veteran of 821 NHL games, and his sixth goal of the season gives him 255 goals and 245 assists in his career. His best days are clearly over with just 15 points in 45 games this season, but should get his fair share of chances in Buffalo. His fantasy upside is very minimal at this point and the team has younger players, such as Zemgus Girgensons, that may be better options.

2/4/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Gionta Scores Winner, Sabres Snap Losing Streak

News: Brian Gionta's first period goal was the eventual winner as the Sabres defeated the Canadiens on Tuesday, 3-2.
Analysis: Brian Gionta has spent time seeking Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier for advice and it seems to have paid off. Scoring under a minute before the first intermission, Gionta's goal snapped a 14-game losing streak. The Sabres captain played 19 minutes, the most since returning from an injury in late January. Gionta's fifth of the season gives him 14 points in 38 games. His best years are clearly behind him, but he still has the ability to score on occasion, though not enough to be considered of any significant fantasy value.

1/31/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Gionta's Bad Penalty Costs Sabres In Loss

News: Brian Gionta's interference penalty led to the Canucks scoring the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-2 loss.
Analysis: Brian Gionta took an ill-advised interference penalty against Dan Hamhuis while chasing the puck, and the ensuing power play saw Yannick Weber score the eventual game-winning goal. The Sabres captain didn't have a particularly strong game coming off a two-point effort against Edmonton. Gionta put it on himself after the game and if the Sabres want to snap out of their funk, Gionta's not doing them any favors at the moment. He has 13 points in 37 games this year.

1/29/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Two Assists From Sabres' Gionta In Losing Effort

News: Brian Gionta notched two assists in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday.
Analysis: Brian Gionta snapped a five-game pointless streak and notched his first multi-point game since Nov. 18. The Sabres captain has struggled all season and admitted it was tough to see his team keep losing while he was sidelined with a head injury. The Sabres are still winless in January and Gionta has just 13 points in 36 games. The former 48-goal scorer and six-time 20-goal scorer has really become a fringe fantasy asset.

1/27/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Activated From IR

News: Brian Gionta (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Brian Gionta will suit up Tuesday evening against the Flames, marking his first game since Dec. 21. The captain has 11 points and a minus-6 rating over 34 games, putting him on track for his worst scoring total for a full season since 2011-12.

1/26/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Set To Return Tuesday

News: Brian Gionta (upper body) was on the ice for practice Monday and is expected to play Tuesday against the Flames, Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Brian Gionta's return to the ice wasn't much of a surprise after he was ruled out for the final two games prior to the All-Star break mostly as a precaution, but what was more notable was the captain's insistence that he never sustained a concussion -- or any other head injury -- contrary to common belief. He remains listed on injured reserve for now with the upper-body ailment, but expect his formal activation to come following Tuesday's morning skate.

1/18/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta (Concussion) To Sit Sunday, Too

News: Brian Gionta (concussion) will miss both of the Sabres' final two games before the All-Star break.
Analysis: Brian Gionta was initially ruled out for just Saturday's game against the Flyers, with a slim possibility he might be able to suit up Sunday against the Red Wings. Coach Ted Nolan has now effectively closed the door on that, saying that the team will give the captain some extra days to rest to ensure he's 100 percent healthy before he plays again. Look for him to make his return to the lineup Jan. 27 against the Flames.

1/17/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Won't Play Saturday

News: Brian Gionta (concussion) will not play Saturday against the Flyers, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Brian Gionta reportedly may play Sunday when Buffalo takes on Detroit. However, it is far more likely that the team will exercise caution and keep Gionta out until the Sabres' first game following the NHL All-Star break, which is scheduled for Jan. 27 in Calgary.

1/15/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Likely Out Thru All-Star Break

News: Brian Gionta (concussion) is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Brian Gionta has been able to practice the last few days, but coach Ted Nolan indicated he wanted to exercise some patience with the winger to avoid the potential for a setback. Gionta has missed the last 10 games with the head injury and will target a return for the first game out of the break, scheduled for Jan. 27 in Calgary.

1/14/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Placed On IR

News: Brian Gionta (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Brian Gionta hasn't played since Dec. 21 due to the concussion, so the move to IR is strictly for the purpose of opening up an extra roster spot. The winger resumed skating Sunday, but still hasn't been cleared for contact.

1/13/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabers May Hold Gionta Out This Week

News: Although he was able to skate Sunday, Brian Gionta (concussion) may not play in any of the team's four games this week, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Sabres are going nowhere this season, so there's no reason to push a veteran with a sensitive injury into playing. Coach Ted Nolan said Monday that only when Brian Gionta felt 100 percent would he be allowed to play.

1/11/2015

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta (Concussion) Practices Sunday

News: Brian Gionta (concussion) was on the ice for practice Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Brian Gionta was skating on the second line alongside Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Patrick Kaleta. His return to the ice is encouraging regarding his status moving forward, but it appears he won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Red Wings. The Sabres captain has four goals in 34 games this season, but his return should give the team an offensive boost anyway. Poolies are better off seeing how well he plays upon his return before deciding if he's worth picking up in deeper leagues.

12/28/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres Calling Gionta (Head) Week-To-Week

News: Coach Ted Nolan said after Sunday's practice that Brian Gionta (head) is being viewed as "week-to-week," Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: The Sabres are terming Brian Gionta's injury as an "upper-body ailment," but it's safe to assume that he suffered a concussion after taking a hit to the head against Boston last weekend. He has yet to resume skating.

12/27/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Remains Out Saturday

News: Brian Gionta (head) will remain out of the lineup Saturday against the Islanders, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Sabres said a concussion had been ruled for Brian Gionta after he exited last weekend's game against the Bruins with a head injury, but it's difficult to take that diagnosis at face value since the forward has yet to resume skating. No matter what the exact nature of Gionta's injury might be, he'll be forced out of his second straight contest and won't have a clear timetable for a return until he resumes skating.

12/23/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta (Head) Out Tuesday

News: Brian Gionta (head) will miss Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, Mike Harrington of Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Brian Gionta took a hit to the head from Matt Bartkowski and was unable to return to Saturday's game, but luckily a concussion has been ruled out. He'll be reevaluated when the team returns to Buffalo, and his next chance to return will come Saturday against the Islanders.

12/22/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Questionable For Tuesday

News: Brian Gionta left Sunday's game against Boston and may not play Tuesday, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Brian Gionta took a hit to the head from Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski and left the game. The Sabres captain admitted he still didn't feel quite right Monday and is questionable for Tuesday. With the league entering a break Wednesday, the Sabres may hold Gionta out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. He's considered a game-time decision.

12/21/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Leaves Game, Won't Return

News: Brian Gionta left Sunday's game with an apparent head injury.
Analysis: Brian Gionta took a nasty hit from Matt Bartkowski in the first period that sent him crashing to the ice. Marcus Foligno quickly intervened and fought with Bartkowski, who was ejected from the game for the hit. Gionta did not return to the game and has been ruled out for the remainder of the night.

12/16/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres' Gionta Nabs Assist

News: Brian Gionta picked up a power-play assist and finished with a plus-2 rating in Monday's win over the Senators.
Analysis: Brian Gionta's rating sits at a respectable minus-2 for the season despite the fact that he hasn't provided as much offense as the Sabres probably expected when they signed him in the offseason. The veteran forward has just 11 points in 31 games this season; he makes more of an impact in the locker room than on the ice these days.

11/18/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Gionta Fuels Sabres Past Sharks

News: Brian Gionta scored two goals and an assist to pace the Sabres in a 4-1 win over San Jose on Tuesday.
Analysis: It took 20 games, but Buffalo's captain finally lit the lamp, having his best game of the year after a poor start to the season. Brian Gionta's three points Tuesday night equaled his entire output in his previous 19 games. The 5-foot-7 winger was named the team's captain based on his work ethic and experience, but it's clear that he's become a depth forward rather than an offensive threat. A seven-time 20-goal scorer, he'll be hard-pressed to reach that total this year.

10/7/2014

Brian Gionta, RW, BUF

Brian Gionta

Sabres Name Gionta Captain

News: Brian Gionta was named the 19th full-time captain of the Sabres on Tuesday.
Analysis: 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. Brian 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.