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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%: 4/1 | Average Draft Position: 255.89
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1/31/2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

7/1/2014

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Brian Gionta

Sabres Bring Gionta Home

News: Brian Gionta has signed a three-year, $12.75 million deal with the Sabres, according to John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: The Sabres have a ton of money to spend to reach the salary cap floor, and Brian Gionta is exactly the type of forward they were looking for. As a guy who'll be 36 next season, he's far from his peak years, but the team is looking for veteran leadership types who will serve as mentors for the team's up-and-coming wave of talent. And until those youngsters start to take on bigger roles, there's room for Gionta to earn some top-six time, as well as some work on the power play. Gionta also grew up not far from Buffalo, so this might be a good way for him to finish off his career.

6/30/2014

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Brian Gionta

Gionta Unlikely Coming Back

News: Montreal's trade for right-winger P.A. Parenteau probably means the Canadiens will not re-sign Brian Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Parenteau, who said he was 100 percent following a late-season knee injury, is likely to be plugged into the second line along with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk. Alongside Plekanec on the right wing had been Brian Gionta's home the last three seasons.

4/16/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Adds Goal, Assist In Win

News: Brian Gionta posted a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning.
Analysis: The Canadiens captain led by example Wednesday, scoring on a shorthanded goal late in the second period. With 96 career playoff games under his belt, Brian Gionta will be a valuable veteran presence for Montreal this postseason.

4/12/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Hero In Overtime

News: Brian Gionta scored the Canadiens' only goal on a penalty shot in overtime Saturday in a 1-0 victory over the Rangers.
Analysis: It was his 40th point of the season and a real emotional lift for the Habs, who seemed to sleepwalk through the early part of the game. The win means the Habs hit the 100-point mark and at least temporarily hold second place in the Atlantic.

4/5/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta: Two Goals Including Game Winner

News: Brian Gionta scored twice, including the game winner, in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Red Wings.
Analysis: His overall point totals are in decline, but he can still come up big in big moments. And that's what happened Saturday. His 39 points this season (78 games) pretty much makes him a deep-league option only.

3/22/2014

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Brian Gionta

Gionta Gets Goal And Assist In Habs' Win

News: Brian Gionta scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: His points come sporadically and that makes him a painful roll in head-to-head formats. But he might be OK in a roto approach ... as long as you can stomach it.

3/17/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta On Third Line

News: Brian Gionta was moved to the third line for Sunday's game against Buffalo. He had three shots on goal in 14:43 in Montreal's 2-0 win.
Analysis: Brendan Gallagher replaced the captain on the Tomas Plekanec line. Brian Gionta's been a top-six forward all season, but that's only because he doesn't line up on the third or fourth lines. At 33 points in 68 games, he doesn't produce like a top-six threat. He's now on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk.