Brian Gionta’s Future in Montreal?

According to The Fourth Period the Montreal Canadiens will discuss contract negotiations on captain Brian Gionta’s future in Montreal.

“we would expect to discuss a new contract after the deadline passes…we haven’t really talked too much about it as yet,”.

Gionta’s agent Steve Bartlett also added that he is open to discuss any contract. Gionta, 35, would likely have to take a pretty hefty pay cut to stay in Montreal. Gionta is currently making $5 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent if not signed by July 1st.

Possible contract offers for Gionta are a 1 or 2 year deal ranging from $2.5 – $3.5 million per season and may also include bonuses to bring the cap hit down similar to what was signed by Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr.