Canadiens add Gionta to UFA stable

Updated: July 1, 2009, 9:04 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The makeover of the Montreal Canadiens continues Wednesday night with the signing of free-agent forward Brian Gionta to a five-year, $25 million deal.

In Montreal, Gionta will be reunited with former New Jersey Devils teammate Scott Gomez, the two having known offensive success together.

Habs GM Bob Gainey has been a busy man -- trading for Gomez on Tuesday before signing Gionta, Michael Cammalleri, Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill on Wednesday.

Gionta was fourth on the Devils last year in scoring with 60 points. It was his fifth straight 20-goal season.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.