Rats sign Devils' Gionta

, Last Updated: 1:19 PM ET

ALBANY, N.Y. (Ticker) - Right wing Brian Gionta of the New Jersey Devils is heading back to the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

Gionta, who was second on the Devils with 21 goals during the 2003-04 season and was a member of their 2002-03 Stanley Cup-winning team, will join the River Rats for Friday's game against the Rochester Americans.

Gionta, 26, most recently skated for the U.S. National Select team that won the 2004 Deutschland Cup in Hannover, Germany last November.

A fourth-round pick of the Devils in 1998, Gionta had nine goals and 16 assists in 37 games for Albany, the Devils' AHL affiliate, during the 2001-02 season.

Gionta has 37 goals and 28 assists in 166 games with the Devils.


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