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April 16, 2014 | 10:58am ET
Gionta, Habs to talk after playoffs

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta would like to sign a new contract with Montreal, and the feeling appears to be mutual, but talks won't really get going until after the playoffs.

Gionta, 35, is in the final-year of his five-year, $25 million contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The native of Rochester, New York, tallied 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points with the Habs this season.

Gionta's agent, Steve Bartlett, has had preliminary discussions with the Canadiens and GM Marc Bergevin, but negotiations are expected to formally begin once Montreal's playoff season comes to an end.

If Gionta is to return to the Canadiens, he will have to take a pay cut, and will likely be looking at a deal in the $3 million to $3.5 million range, annually.

Gionta signed with the Habs on July 1, 2009 after spending his first seven seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2002-03.

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