Pair of ex-Montreal Canadiens join the Sabres

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta celebrates after his short-handed goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Sabres have brought in some reinforcements from north of the border for the 2014-2015 season.

On Tuesday Buffalo traded for Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges, and then signed former Montreal captain Brian Gionta.

Gionta’s deal is worth $12.75 million over three years. Gorges still has four years left on his contract at $3.9 million a season. Both were a part of the Montreal Canadiens team that it made it to the conference finals last season. Buffalo hopes the two veterans can help mentor Buffalo’s young players while the team rebuilds.

Gionta scored 18 goals and 40 points for Montreal last year. The 35-year-old also added seven points in 17 playoff games.

Buffalo gave up a second round pick in the trade for Gorges. Gorges, a defensive defenseman, scored 14 points in 66 games last year. He turns 30 in August and has nine years of NHL experience. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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