Brian Gionta-The One that got away?

New York, NY - It was announced by the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday that right winger Brian Gionta will be captain for the 2010-11 season. Gionta, who is an American born hockey player from Rochester, NY, is taking upon his shoulders an honor that very little gain from one of the elite NHL teams.

The Canadiens, an Original Six team, are so rich in history. They have won 24 Stanley Cup championships. Names such as Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Ken Dryden and even Patrick Roy are among some of the great players to wear the ‘Habs’ uniform.

Gionta has a wealth of championship playing experience, as the winger has not only participated in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals but was also a member of the New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup winning team in 2002-03. The Canadiens hope that ‘Gio’, who at 5-7 is considered one of the biggest little men in the NHL, will lead them back to the Stanley Cup this season.

The Devils, who were bounced from the first round of the NHL Playoffs in the 2009-10 season will look to players like Ilya Kovalchuck, who has cost the Devils not only money but future Draft picks.

Which makes this writer wonder-is ‘Gio’ the player for the Devils-that got away. Gionta always provides great heart, hustle to go along with a scoring touch around the cage; leads the way on the Ice with his constant hustle.

Many people will dislike the fact that ‘Gio’ was awarded with the Captain’s C on his chest; while others will applaud the move. But at the end of this season if the Montreal Canadiens lift the Stanley Cup Championship this season-it will make many Devils fans wonder…

Is he the one that got away?


Stacy Podelski's picture

Micheal totally agree with your post. I really agree with the idea that Gio needed a change of scenery and I think he has really shined thus far in Montreal. And any players that the Devils may lose thanks to the Kovalchuck situation maybe the ones that got away is a great-great point. The thing that I think the Devils miss is the type of play that Gio brought game in and game out. He really played hard all season long for New Jersey and that is something that they will miss. You don't know what these draft picks will contribute to their future teams-maybe nothing-maybe something. Where as Gio is a proven player and leader and I think will do great things for Montreal. Great points though Michael and I am looking forward to seeing what happens to the Devils and the 'Habs' this season.