Brian Gionta has played 776 NHL games. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign former Canadiens captain Brian Gionta to 3-year deal

BUFFALO – The Sabres have landed their first big free agent, signing Greece native Brian Gionta to a three-year contract worth $4.25 million annually, according to reports.

General manager Tim Murray has recently stated the rebuilding Sabres would be a desirable location for some veterans. Signing Gionta, the Montreal Canadiens’ captain for years, proves that.

The 35-year-old, a winger, has 249 goals and 485 points in 776 NHL games. He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games last season.

He should be a strong candidate to captain the young team.

The Sabres also acquired defenseman Josh Gorges, a veteran many thought would replace Gionta as Montreal’s captain, earlier today.

Stay tuned for more details.

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