Just two days prior to the Buffalo Sabres season opener, Ted Nolan named forward Brian Gionta team Captain. Gionta spent the last five seasons in Montreal, where he served as the team’s Captain for the last four years.
Gionta possesses all of the qualities that the Sabres were looking for in choosing a new Captain. Not only has Gionta had experience being a Captain, but he has also won a Stanley Cup, when he was with the Devils. Gionta knows what it takes to win, and that is huge for a young Sabres club.
Gionta is coming off a solid year with Montreal, as he tallied 18 goals and 22 assists while recording another 7 points in the playoffs. Although Gionta is 35 years old, he still has some hockey left in him, as the Sabres inked him to a three year deal this past July.
There is no doubt that the Buffalo Sabres are still in the midst of a rebuild, and who better to lead the team than Gionta? The Sabres added lots of young talent this offseason, and with three first round picks come the 2015 NHL Draft, the Sabres will be adding even more talent to the mix. Gionta will be the perfect example for the young players such as Mikhail Grigorenko, Joel Armia and Samson Reinhart to look up to.