Sabres name Gionta captain


The Buffalo Sabres revealed their new leadership group on Tuesday, announcing that Brian Gionta would serve as captain for the upcoming campaign while also naming Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson as alternates.

This marks the second time that Gionta, 35, will captain an NHL club. He wore the “C” in Montreal for four straight seasons beginning in 2010, but relinquished the letter upon signing with Buffalo in July.

With the move, the Sabres officially moved past the ill-fated Steve Ott-Thomas Vanek shared captaincy of a year ago, a decision that was widely panned and ended up being something of a bust. Vanek was traded within weeks of getting his “C” while Ott was dealt to St. Louis at the trade deadline.

As for the new alternates, Gorges served as one in Montreal last year while Moulson wore an “A” for Buffalo last season after arriving as part of the Vanek trade.