With only a couple days remaining before the Sabres open the season, the organization named Brian Gionta as the captain. Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson have been given A’s. Seemingly, all three players Buffalo acquired over the offseason received a letter.
Rochester native Brian Gionta was a top candidate for the captaincy, as the veteran brings over 10 years of NHL experience, including 100-plus playoff games. Gionta spent seven seasons with the Devils and five with the Canadiens, but will now help lead the young Sabres squad.
He had this to say during his press conference in July:
“This was my childhood team growing up and it’s a dream to play for them and put on the jersey. I can’t wait until September comes,” Gionta said. “We’re confident that we can come here and be a part of something big. That’s our expectation: to come here and field a winning team. I think we’re putting the pieces in place and we’re excited to be a part of that.”
Another former Canadien, Josh Gorges, will help lead Buffalo on the blue line. Gorges has played 10 seasons and at age 30, will assist in bolstering the defense.
“It’s special, an honor to have an A,” Gorges said. “Doesn’t change how you play. Do whatever it takes.”
Matt Moulson was reacquired and will begin his 10th NHL season. He’s played for the Kings, Islanders, Wild and of course, Buffalo.
“It’s nice to have a home, it’s nice to have a letter,” Moulson said. “It doesn’t change the way you play.”
All three players certainly have the NHL experience to lead the team for a few seasons. What do you think of the decisions and did the Sabres get it right?
“Every young great team needs great leaders,” Nolan said.