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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%: 5/2 | Average Draft Position: 255.89
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9:24 AM

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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.

2/26/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Scores Goal Wednesday

News: Brian Gionta scored the only goal for the Canadiens in Wednesday's loss to the Red Wings.
Analysis: Brian Gionta has scored in back-to-back games dating back before the Olympic break. His goal Wednesday was pivotal in the final minute for the Canadiens to send the game into overtime. He now has 12 goals and 18 assists in 59 games for Montreal this season.

2/2/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Extends Streak

News: Brian Gionta scored Montreal's lone goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Jets. The Habs' captain is on a mini-roll with points in three straight games.
Analysis: Brian Gionta's had a few hot spells during the season, but it's largely been a disappointing year. He's a top-six forward on Montreal, but he's not producing like one in what is the final year of his current contract.

1/31/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Chases B's Rask

News: Brian Gionta scored a power-play goal that chased Boston's Tuukka Rask in the second period of Thursday night's 4-1 win.
Analysis: Montreal's captain broke a four-game pointless streak and the man-advantage goal was the first point of any kind in 20 games.

1/6/2014

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Brian Gionta

Canadiens' Gionta Scores Winner

News: Brian Gionta scored the game-winning goal against the Panthers on Monday.
Analysis: Brian Gionta had not scored in 14 games, but he's now lit the lamp in back-to-back contests. That still just gives him seven goals on the season, however.

1/5/2014

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Snaps Drought

News: Brian Gionta scored a goal in Saturday night's 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa. The goal was his first one in 14 games.
Analysis: With just six goals in 42 games, Brian Gionta's name is at the top of the list of under-performing Montreal forwards. Right up there with Daniel Briere and Rene Bourque.

12/4/2013

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Continues Scoring Binge

News: Brian Gionta contributed a goal and assist in Wednesday's win over the Devils.
Analysis: That's five points over the last four games for Brian Gionta, who had previously been stuck in a prolonged cold spell. The hot streak could very well come to an end against a strong defensive squad in the Bruins on Thursday, but it's nice to see that the scoring touch he displayed during his Devils heyday hasn't completely disappeared for the captain.

11/29/2013

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Brian Gionta

Gionta Notches Assists In Montreal Loss

News: Brian Gionta assisted on both Montreal's goals in Friday's shootout loss in Washington. He hasn't scored a goal since November 1.
Analysis: The Montreal captain has been quiet the last month with just two assists in the games leading up to Friday's loss. Montreal will need Brian Gionta to be a bit more productive and he will need to be as well with it being a contract year.

11/2/2013

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Brian Gionta

Hans' Gionta Scores Fourth

News: Brian Gionta scored his fourth goal of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Wild on Friday.
Analysis: Brian Gionta's goal tied the game in the third period, bringing the Habs back from a two-goal deficit, but the team was unable to hold on for long, as a goal just a few minutes later handed the lead back over to Minnesota. Gionta now has four goals and four assists on the year with a plus-1 rating.

10/24/2013

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Brian Gionta

Gionta Scores For Habs

News: Brian Gionta scored his third goal of the year and added an assist Thursday against Anaheim.
Analysis: That's goals in consecutive games for Brian Gionta after he managed just one goal in the first seven contests. Still, he's not a terribly high-upside fantasy option at this point in his career.

10/23/2013

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta Lights Lamp Late

News: Brian Gionta scored a goal and had five shots on net in Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to the Oilers. The goal came with less than two seconds remaining as Montreal was playing with an extra attacker.
Analysis: As Montreal's forward corps is thinned out by injuries, Brian Gionta is one of a few credentialed offensive threats among the top-9 forwards. His line, a new configuration with Tomas Plekanec and Michael Bournival, accounted for 12 of Montreal's 32 shots.

10/13/2013

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Brian Gionta

Habs' Gionta (Personal) To Rejoin Team Sunday

News: Brian Gionta (personal) will rejoin the team Sunday night in Winnipeg, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
Analysis: Due to an undisclosed personal matter, Brian Gionta missed Saturday's game against the Canucks, but he'll rejoin the team Sunday in anticipation of Tuesday's game against the Jets. In four games so far this season, Gionta has two points (1G, 1A) and a even plus-minus rating.