Two members of the Team USA hockey team in Pyeongchang are expected to find themselves with new NHL contracts if their performance is up to par at the Olympics.
Both Brian Gionta and James Wisniewski could be perfect veteran signings for teams looking to add some experience for their playoff push. The pair, like all players will have about a day and a half to sign between the end of the Olympics and the deadline to be eligible for the playoffs.
''If somebody wanted me, I'm ready to go,'' Wisniewski said Monday. ''Hopefully I can come out here and have a great Olympics. It's not like I'm going to be expensive. You don't have to give up future considerations. I've played in the highest level for over a decade and now playing in the Olympics, so it's not like I haven't been playing good, competitive hockey.''
Gionta is ready to jump back in after focusing on winning a gold medal.
''We have been in touch with a few teams that have expressed interest, but they know my main focus is over here and we'll cross that bridge when it comes to it after the tournament's over,'' Gionta said. ''This is the focus now, and when this is over, I'll look to that.''
Do you think Gionta and Wisniewski still have some game left to give the NHL after not finding contracts during the offseason?