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.
“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.