Hour after acquiring forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers, the Bruins were not done adding to their roster, as they agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal with forward Brian Gionta.
The former Boston College star is returning from Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he served as captain for the US men’s team in the Winter Olympics. Gionta appeared in all five games before the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Last season Gionta, 39, played all 82 games for the Buffalo Sabres, scoring 15 goals and 20 assists. He has played in 1,006 career NHL games with Buffalo, Montreal and New Jersey from 2001-17, totaling 289 goals and 299 assists for 588 points.
While at the Heights, he was a three-time Hobey Baker Award finalist and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 123 goals, to go along with 109 assists for 232 points in 164 career NCAA games. He led the Eagles to the their first NCAA title since 1949 in 2001, leading the nation with 33 goals.