Former Sabres captain Brian Gionta expected to make return to NHL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Brian Gionta is making his return to the NHL. According to Brian Bartlett of Sports Consulting Group, the agency that represents Gionta, the 39-year-old Rochester native is expected to sign with an NHL team in the near future. 

Bartlett added that Gionta would be signing with a team that will be a serious playoff contender but could not specify which team because the deal has not been signed. 

Gionta, the former captain of the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens, has played in 1,006 NHL games, scoring 289 goals and tallying 588 points. More recently, Gionta captained Team USA at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. 

In an interview with WKBW before the Olympics, Gionta said he would keep his options open and would like to keep playing if possible. In the months leading up to the games, Gionta practiced with the Rochester Americans of the AHL and appeared in one-game.

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