Report: Gionta not likely to sign discount deal to stay with Canadiens

by Jun 29, 11:32 PM

There may be no ill will between the Montreal Canadiens and captain Brian Gionta, but there appears to be a significant gap in what both sides want in his next contract.

Gionta, 35, is coming off a 40-point season. He was the second American-born captain in Canadiens history.

Jul 1, 11:20 AM

Brian Gionta will not re-sign with Canadiens, will become free agent

by Jul 1, 11:20 AM

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According to Brian Gionta's agent, the soon-to-be former Montreal Canadiens captain will hit free agency at noon.

Gionta and the Canadiens have not been able to negotiate an extension and rumblings pointed to the forward hitting free agency in mid-June.

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Jun 27, 10:57 PM

Report: Canadiens 'less hopeful' to sign Gionta

by Jun 27, 10:57 PM

The Montreal Canadiens continue to talk to forward Brian Gionta but aren't getting too far according to Renaud Lavoie:

According to Lavoie, Gionta's priority remains re-signing with the Canadiens.

Jun 25, 11:04 AM

Report: Canadiens' Gionta receiving calls from other teams

by Jun 25, 11:04 AM

The window to speak to pending free agents has opened and Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Gionta is already popular among rival teams:

Gionta's five-year, $25-million deal will expire next week. It included a no-trade clause.

Gionta, 35, scored 40 points in 81 regular-season games and added seven points in 17 postseason outings.

Jun 18, 6:05 PM

Negotiations between Canadiens, Gionta getting 'serious', says agent

by Jun 18, 6:05 PM

Contract talks between the Montreal Canadiens and pending unrestricted free agent forward and captain Brian Gionta have apparently intensified in recent days, according to Gionta's agent Stephen Bartlett.

"We're just kind of in discussions and the next probably few days will be critical to see (what happens)," Bartlett told Tom Gulliti of the Fire and Ice blog. "We just kind of got serious about it in the last day or two, so we’ll kind of see what kind of progress we make on that one and whether he becomes a July 1 guy."

The 35-year-old winger managed 18 goals and 40 points in the regular season for Montreal and added a goal and 7 points in 17 playoff games on the club's run to the Eastern Conference final. Gionta's results would suggest that he's getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a relatively productive middle line forward with Stanley Cup champion pedigree. 

Because of his age, any contract Gionta signs with the Canadiens will be of the "35-plus" variety, which means that his annual averaged salary (or cap-hit) will remain on the books even if he retires before the expiry of that deal. 

[H/T Pro Hockey Talk]

Jun 11, 10:06 AM

Canadiens, Gionta set to begin talks on new contract

by Jun 11, 10:06 AM

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to keep captain and unrestricted free agent Brian Gionta in Montreal, and agent Steve Bartlett told La Presse the two sides will begin discussing a new contract within the coming days.

"We'll probably make progress in our discussions over the next few days," Bartlett said. "We haven't really discussed an amount or length of contract, we've only had a few discussions in very general terms, nothing precise. But I know that the Canadiens want to bring him back and I must now talk about this possibility with my player."

Gionta, 35, scored 18 goals and added 22 assists in 81 regular season games, but contributed only one goal and six assists in the postseason. 

After bringing in $5-million per year over the past five seasons, Bartlett acknowledges his client is likely in line for a pay cut.

"It's realistic to think that the value of Brian is not the same as in 2009," he said. "The present value is a topic that we will discuss, (and) the duration of his next contract. These are issues to be discussed in the coming days."

For his part, Gionta, captain of the team since 2010, "loves Montreal and he loves the team", but according to Bartlett, he also needs to know where he fits into the team's plan, and what his role will be moving forward before coming to an agreement with the club.