When Mike Fisher came out of retirement to join the Nashville Predators again in time for the upcoming playoffs, fans all across the National Hockey League were excited about the move that no one saw coming.
The excitement seems to have gotten to another former captain and 1006-game veteran. According to NHL insider Darren Dreger who explained the situation on Thursday night's Insider Trading, Brian Gionta has informed teams across the league that he is looking to return to the NHL.
For now, the 39-year-old is focusing on the upcoming Winter Games where he will captain the American team in Pyeongchang prior to the trade deadline.
"Team USA captain Brian Gionta is coming back to the NHL," explained Dreger.
"There's some details that would have to get worked out, but he's let teams know that he is interested in returning. He would have to sign before the trade deadline on Feb. 26 to be eligible for the playoffs, but teams have responded by saying 'All right. Not saying we're keenly interested, we want to watch you play in South Korea and then make a decision after that."
Gionta was aware in the past summer that the Buffalo Sabres were not looking to keep him in the fold and sign him to another contract extension. He has kept training and playing with their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans.
The veteran forward finished a strong season in which he compiled 15 goals and 30 points in 82 games. He skated more than 16 minutes a night, playing in all situations. He wants to prove to all 31 teams that he still has gas in the tank and is ready for more.
Would you like your favorite team to give him a shot?