Gonchar’s Rights Dealt to Stars.

The Ottawa Senators have dealt the rights to pending UFA defenseman Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in this year’s entry draft.

Sergei Gonchar traded to the Dallas Stars.

Sergei Gonchar traded to the Dallas Stars.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: A surprising, though low-cost move, by the Stars. Gonchar reportedly has an offer from the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk (for whom he played during the lockout) worth over $6 or $7 million (depending on the source), and is coming off a three year deal paying him $5.5 million per with the Senators, who wanted to re-sign him but for a cheaper deal.

 At 39, Gonchar’s not worth $5.5 million per season anymore, but perhaps could be re-signed to a one-year, bonus-laden deal with a base salary at $4 million? It’ll be interesting to see if Stars new GM Jim Nill can get Gonchar under contract.

**UPDATE** TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Gonchar and the Stars have agreed on a two-year, $10 million deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: $5 million per season for a 39-year-old defenseman whose best seasons are behind him? Not such a low-cost move by Nill after all.


  1. Guess Sens are alright going with Karlsson-Methot, Weircoch-Cowen, Phillips-Benoit going into next season. Weird move by the Stars who tried this last season and it didn’t work out, maybe hoping that Gonchar can be a short term mentor for their young pups.

    • Not enough experience on that defense… They need another vet.

      • A veteran D should’t be too hard to add however they need to continue giving opportunities to the younger players going forward. Borowiecki and Cici will very likely deserve some consideration next season as well. I like what I’m seeing from this organization: draft, develop and make sure your players are really well treated. For a small market Canadian team this, in my painfully and well earned humble opinion, is the way to go. If there’s a trade to be made/ free agent signing the obvious # 1 priority is a finisher who can play with centre Jason Spezza. If the team is truly serious then it wouldn’t be surprising if they were to pursue two wingers of similar attributes and possibly a veteran d-man for depth. The Senator’s have lot’s of cap room so it will come down to this: are they ready to step up to the plate now or wait a bit longer. My guess is that they make one or (possibly) two moves this off-season then wait to see how things develop with a healthy team.