Boston College alumnus and recent US Olympic captain Brian Gionta has signed a one year, $700,000 deal with the Boston Bruins. Gionta, who last played with Buffalo Sabres, will be joining the Bruins for their upcoming playoff run. Gionta, 39, has been looking for a way back into the NHL since the season began.
Gionta put up 35 points with the Sabres in the 2016-17 season but found himself without a team at the start of the new season. With the NHL players skipping the Olympics, Gionta worked his way onto the team and was named captain. It was a disappointing games for both the team and the player, with the US being eliminated before the medal rounds and Gionta failing to pick up a point in the team’s five games. The Bruins clearly thought he showed enough to merit a contract, however, as rumors of their interest began to circulate almost as soon as the US was knocked out.
Gionta graduated from BC in 2001 after four years as an Eagle, leaving after helping lead the team to a national championship win over North Dakota. He has been an NHLer ever since, bouncing around the league with stints in New Jersey and Montreal before his time in Buffalo. He’s had a very solid NHL career, putting up 289 goals and 588 points in his time in the league. We wish Brian the best of luck with the Bruins.