Andrew Nelles/USA Today Sports

Bruins among teams interested in free agent Brian Gionta

Ty Anderson
February 24, 2018 - 3:32 pm

The Bruins could be set to add a member of the 2018 Team USA roster to their mix.

Unfortunately, it would not be Bruins prospect Ryan Donato, who scored five goals in five Olympic games and returned to Harvard on Friday night, but rather USA captain and current free agent Brian Gionta, according The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

According to LeBrun, there’s a ‘couple of Eastern Conference teams’ interested in signing the 39-year-old Gionta before Monday’s trade deadline (he must be signed before then to have playoff eligibility), and it’s believed that the Bruins are one of them.

Perhaps this is a sign of deadline prices, as Gionta did not necessarily do anything to wow in Pyeongchang, as he was held without a point in all five Team USA games and finished the Olympic tournament with 16 shots on goal and a minus-4 rating.

The 5-foot-7 Gionta last skated in the NHL as the captain of some abysmal Sabres teams, and scored 15 goals and totaled 35 points in 82 games last season. Gionta last played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs back in 2014, where he recorded a goal and seven points in a 17-game run to the Eastern Conference Finals with the Canadiens.

Overall, the Rochester, N.Y. native has recorded 32 goals and 68 points in 112 career playoff games, and was part of the 2003 Devils squad that won the Stanley Cup.

The Big Bad Blog is presented by:

 Technology Decisions Aren't Black and White. Think Red. Click here for more.

Comments ()