32-Year-Old Center – Free Agent
Stephen Gionta Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $1.7 million deal with the Devils in July of 2014.
Gionta (upper body) will play Friday night, opposing the Islanders at home, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
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Gionta has become a fan favorite in New Jersey thanks to his scrappy play on the team's checking lines but beware, he has more value to the Devils than to most fantasy rosters. He's a checking forward who will chip in offensively on occasion; Gionta registered 14 points in 48 games in his first full NHL season.
Stephen Gionta played in just one regular season game for the Devils before providing some big plays in the teamís run to the Stanley Cup Finals, notching seven points in 24 games. Gionta figures to remain in a checking role for the Devils and wonít see enough ice time to have a big enough impact offensively.
Gionta, the younger brother of former Devil and current Montreal captain Brian Gionta, failed to record a point in 12 games with New Jersey last season, and it led to a minus-3 rating. Gionta will likely start the season in the AHL and could be called up if/when the Devils sustain injuries to its fleet of forwards.