Sens Have The Gonch

In the first “wow” move of the day, the Ottawa Senators have signed Sergei Gonchar to a 3-year deal worth a reported $5.5 million per.  There’s also a no-trade-clause attached to that, according to Bobby Mac.

I’ve gotta say I like this for Pittsburgh, it takes a huge chunk of money off the books for them which they can use to bring in another veteran d-man (like Hamhuis) and target some quality wingers for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.  Gonchar is an upgrade for the Senators’ power play, but three years with a NTC may come back to haunt Bryan Murray.  Gonchar would be 39-years old at the conclusion of the deal, and it was becoming abundantly clear last season and in the playoffs that his defensive play had deteriorated.  Not that he was a defensive dynamo in the first place…

Many minor deals appear to be in the works, Alex Tanguay has reportedly inked a one-year $1.7 million deal to return to Calgary (bargain!?).  I’m going to sit back for an hour or so and see what else happens before the next update.  Word.