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Sabres looking for veteran leadership, and Brian Gionta has Buffalo as a possible destination

By John Vogl

Tim Murray insists the Sabres' prospects aren't going to figure out life in the NHL on their own. The general manager wants to bring in veterans to help show the way.

Brian Gionta is on that list. More importantly, the Sabres are on his.

The Montreal captain has Buffalo as a possible destination, according to a source. Gionta is from Rochester, and the 35-year-old could be interested in closing his career near home.

Gionta is finishing a five-year, $25 million deal. He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games this season, and he added six assists and seven points in 17 playoff games.

"We’re in a position here that we could use a couple veteran guys," Murray said today. "On our free agent list there’s quite a few that fit our need for character, for leadership and all that stuff.

"I’d like to acquire a couple veteran guys that can play the game but can also show our kids how to be pros, how to play properly, how to look after yourself, so I am going to put a focus on at least two of those guys."

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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