2008/09 Salary: $4.0 million Projected 09/10 Salary: $4.0-4.5
2008/09 Stats: 81 GP, 20 G, 40 A, +12 Playoff Stats: 7 GP, 2 G, 3 A
Possible Suitors: 1. Vancouver 2. Buffalo 3. Ottawa 4. Edmonton 5. Florida Favorite: Vancouver Dark horse destination: Florida
Brian Gionta hasn’t really been the same since his 89-point breakout in 05/06; but he has gotten better over the last 3 years, accumulating 45, 53, and 60 points (respectively) since. He had a decent postseason, but didn’t raise his stock any. The short winger may benefit from a change of scenery and a different system as a return to Jersey looks bleak at best. Two of the front-runners are the Canucks & Sabres. Some dark horses to watch would be Florida, Carolina, and maybe Nashville. As of now, I think he’d fit well in Buffalo.
Current Prediction: Buffalo Sabres (4 yrs, $16 mil)
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