The New York Islanders are bringing back more of the same this coming season, as they’ve announced that veteran forward Stephen Gionta has inked a one-year, two-way extension with the Metropolitan Division club.
Once this deal is up, the forward will become an unrestricted free agent once again.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Gionta went pro in 2006 following a strong four-year career with Boston College. Gionta and the NCAA club took home three consecutive Hockey East championships during his tenure, including two NCAA Frozen Four appearances and one championship game.
The undersized forward inked his first pro deal in the New Jersey Devils system, where older brother Brian Gionta was already skating with the NHL club. He would go on to put up a storied career within Lou Lamoriello’s club, racking up 270 games in New Jersey while predominantly skating at the AHL level.
Although he was only able to put up 15 goals and 50 points during his career in New Jersey, the Islanders took a chance on him for the 2016-17 season as a free agent. Now, they’ll bring him back after a year in which he produced one goal and six points in 26 regular season NHL games.
With the two-way nature of his deal, it’s certainly possible that the younger Gionta will spend his time in the minors skating for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, rather than skating out in Brooklyn.