Sergei Gonchar traded to Dallas, signs extension
The Ottawa Senators have traded defenseman Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars for a 6th round draft pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.
Gonchar, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, proceeded to sign with the Stars on a two year contract worth $10 million, amid rumors that he would return back to his home country of Russia and play in the Kontinental Hockey League.
Originally drafted 14th overall by the Washington Capitals in 1992, Gonchar has become one of the best offensive defensemen in league history. In his career, Gonchar has scored 217 goals and has 775 points, both of which lead all active defensemen and rank in the top-20 for defensemen all time.
“Sergei has had an impressive NHL career and has been a big contributor to Ottawa’s offense over the last three seasons. We are excited to see him continue his career here in Dallas the next two years, ” Stars GM Jim Nill told NHL.com.
The 39 year old was instrumental on a young Senators squad, most notably on Erik Karlsson, 23, who has already blossomed into one of the best young defensemen in the league.
Dallas will become the fifth team that Gonchar has played for in his career, along with Washington, Ottawa, Boston and Pittsburgh.