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A Sabres franchise long mired in the depths of the National Hockey League standings, finishing in last place in three of the last five seasons, had nowhere to go but up. And an offseason overhaul of the roster is inspiring optimism that Buffalo is poised to finally resurface as a playoff contender. Thirty-seven percent of those who voted in an informal Buffalo News poll…

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Brian Gionta sat down Monday at the front of the cramped media room in KeyBank Center and seemed surprised. He eyed the crowd of reporters, the bank of television cameras and many of his former teammates standing in the back of the room and said sheepishly that he didn't feel the end of his NHL career warranted any sort of formal announcement like this. He could not hav…

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Former Sabres captain Brian Gionta made it official Monday afternoon, announcing his retirement from the NHL after a career that spanned 1,026 games over 16 seasons. Speaking at a news conference in KeyBank Center, the Rochester native confirmed his playing days have ended and he is moving into an unspecified role on the development staff of the Sabres and Rochester Ame…

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Count Jack Eichel among the hundreds of NHL players past and present who have felt major impact from playing alongside former Sabres captain Brian Gionta. "He's somebody I grew up watching and all of a sudden I'm sitting a few stalls away from him my first years in the NHL," Eichel told The Buffalo News after practice Monday morning. "That was cool. It's an unbelievable…

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A few hours after being acquired, Rick Nash walked into the Boston Bruins' dressing room and met his new teammates. The high-scoring winger knew he was in the right place. "I've only been here for five minutes, and you can kind of sense that buzz and the energy that a winning team has," Nash said Sunday before making his debut against Buffalo. "I wanted to go to a place…

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After adding Rick Nash on Sunday morning, the Boston Bruins signed former Sabres captain Brian Gionta for the remainder of the season. The deal is worth a prorated $700,000. Gionta just returned from the Olympics, where he served as captain of the U.S. team. The 39-year-old had no points in five games. Gionta had 15 goals and 35 points while playing in all 82 games f…

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WASHINGTON — The Boston Bruins seem to be emerging as the favorite to land former Sabres captain Brian Gionta now that the Rochester native is back from his role as Team USA's captain at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Gionta, 39, has made it clear he wants to sign with a contender in the Eastern Conference prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline so he will be eliglble for the S…

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WASHINGTON -- Add another player watch prior to Monday's trade deadline: The signing of former Sabres captain Brian Gionta back in the NHL after the conclusion of the Pyeongchang Olympics. The emerging favorite seems to be the Boston Bruins. Gionta, 39, has made it clear he wants to sign with a contender in the Eastern Conference and multiple outlets today are reporting…

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Adam Kilgore, Washington Post GANGNEUNG, South Korea - As the clock ticked toward the conclusion of overtime, Coach Tony Granato thought, "I don't like the idea of this." His team was playing to delay the end. Most of the U.S. men's hockey players had come from European teams, minor leagues or semiretirement. A win meant another day here, another day of USA across the c…

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It’s safe to say Friday night’s game will be one to remember for Brian Gionta. In his first game with his hometown Rochester Americans, Kevin Porter found a streaking Gionta down the right wing and the former Sabre lifted a backhand over an outstretched Toronto Marlies goaltender goaltender to give the Amerks a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. Those on hand…

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Welcome back, Brian Gionta. Well, at least for one game. The Rochester Americans announced that Gionta, former captain of the Buffalo Sabres, is expected to be in the lineup Friday when the Amerks host the Toronto Marlies in Blue Cross Arena. The team signed Gionta to a one-game professional tryout contract for the game. The game will serve as a tuneup for Gionta, wh…

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While the best teenagers on the planet were playing for the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, USA Hockey was putting the final touches on its Olympic roster. When the National Hockey League decided to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, USA Hockey knew that there would be 25 great stories when it unveiled its roster. Two of those stories have Buffalo connection…

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NEW YORK –Brian Gionta is headed to South Korea. He won't be alone. Four players with Western New York connections are playing in the 2018 Olympics, USA Hockey announced Monday. Gionta, the former Buffalo Sabres captain from Rochester, will be joined on the men's team by Sabres prospect Will Borgen. Getzville's Emily Pfalzer of the Buffalo Beauts will play for the wo…

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David Leggio and Brian Gionta are one step closer to representing the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics. USA Hockey has announced the men's national select team that will compete in the Deutschland Cup next month. The 29-player list includes Gionta, the former Sabres captain, and Leggio, the Williamsville native who spent three years in the Sabres' organization.…

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Brian Gionta wants to represent the United States as best he can. Skating with the hometown Rochester Americans gives him an opportunity to stay in shape, and he started practicing with Tuesday. The former Sabres captain also wants to avoid being a disruption. That's why he'll disappear on game days. "Game days I'll try to be out of their space, out of their way," Gi…