Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators - Game Three

The Ottawa Senators lost one of their powerplay quarterbacks today, as Sergei Gonchar signed a two-year deal worth $10 million with the Dallas Stars.

CBC reported the news:

“Sergei is a high-end offensive defenseman who can quarterback a power play and help generate offense from the blue line,” new Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement.

Gonchar spent the last three seasons with the Senators. Gonchar had three goals and 24 assists in 45 games the past season, with his assist total fifth best among all NHL blue-liners. He added six assists in Ottawa’s 10 playoff games.

I don’t know how many years left Gonchar has an elite offensive defensman, but with the KHL looming as an option, Dallas was smart to take a shot with him. You know he’s a guy you can put on the PP, and you can count on him grabbing you some points. And with salary cap space, I like Jim Nill’s first splash as Stars’ GM.

Comments (6)

  1. how can players be signed if free agency hasn’t started yet and the playoffs are ongoing?

    • His rights were traded for and then signed, just as if Ottawa had re-signed him.

      Boston and Chicago could have traded for his rights as well… it’s not like their GMs are busy otherwise.

  2. His rights got traded so he was technically a member of the stars on an expiring contract, then signed an extension with the team that owns his rights

  3. I’m not sure that the Stars are really a “compete now” team. So while I agree that Gonchar does have something left in the tank, I’m not sure that this does anything other than hurt Dallas’ draft position.

  4. Ottawa didn’t lose anything today. They gained a 6th round draft pick. They traded him for a conditional pick to Dallas last week. Crack reporting!!!

  5. where is the damn podcast bourne?

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