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Unsigned Brian Gionta weighs options as season approaches

There are teams interested in Brian Gionta. He just needs to decide whether he's interested in them.

The unrestricted free agent skated Thursday in Buffalo, staying in shape as NHL training camps rapidly approach. The former Sabres captain has had multiple teams express interest, but he continues to weigh his options.

"Gio has not made any final decision on his future," Gionta's agent, Steve Bartlett, said via email. "We have had a number of teams that have indicated they would sign him, but he is not sure right now which if any offer he would accept.

"He will continue to prepare as though he will play, and we will see how things play out here over the next couple weeks."

The 38-year-old showed last season he still has the skills to compete. He was the only Buffalo player to appear in all 82 games, recording 15 goals and 35 points. His goal total ranked sixth on the Sabres, while Gionta finished seventh in points.

The 15-year veteran entered the summer determined to keep playing, and his No. 1 goal was to remain in Buffalo. The Sabres seemed to fill Gionta's right-wing spot with their acquisition of Jason Pominville.

In addition to the NHL, Gionta could have the option of joining USA Hockey. The Olympic Games are in February, and the NHL will not release its players. Gionta  represented the United States in the 2006 Olympics and during multiple world championships and world junior championships, and it's possible he could be offered another chance.

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