Bruins sign Brian Gionta to one-year contract
Don Sweeney had a busy Sunday morning from the blockbuster trade with the Rangers for Rick Nash alone, but he wasn’t done. He announced the Bruins signed Brian Gionta to a one-year, one-way contract worth $700,000.
The Veteran forward’s most recent role was Team USA’s captain at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Gionta played in all five of his team’s games and put 16 shots on goal but didn’t appear on the scoresheet. He hadn’t signed with an NHL team this season in his free agency so he could pursue an Olympic run.
Gionta, 39, has enjoyed a long career with 289 goals and 299 assists in 1,006 games through 15 seasons with New Jersey, Montreal and Buffalo. He’s no stranger to Boston, as Boston College’s all-time leading scorer with 123 goals in 164 games.
The two-time All-Star’s success isn’t exactly recent, though — as Buffalo’s captain last season he finished with 15 goals and 20 assists in 82 games.
That said, the Bruins didn’t give up much to sign him and they don’t expect him to fill a paramount role. Bruce Cassidy has said he prefers a veteran for plug-in purposes while the younger players get a chance to play as much as they can and develop in the AHL. It appears Gionta will fill the void Frank Vatrano left.
The Bruins also placed Paul Postma on waivers. He’ll report to Providence if he goes unclaimed on Monday.