Sergei Gonchar turns 37 next month and has pretty much seen it all during his 16 seasons in the National Hockey League.

Some of it, twice.

Like how he struggles to settle in with new teams.

He joined the Penguins as a free agent in 2005 and, for the first few months of the 2005-06 season, looked like a guy who had just taken up the game during training camp. He subsequently became the cornerstone of a defensive corps that made the Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup possible.

In the previous offseason, he accepted a three-year contract worth $16.5 million offered by Ottawa. By the holiday break in December, he had a plus-minus rating of minus-19 that was easily the worst on a team that he hoped would contend for a Stanley Cup.

"It seems like I always have a problem adjusting to a new environment," he said. "The only good thing about that is, usually my second year is better than the first one. That's the only thing I'm looking forward to."

Gonchar was able to right his game -- he had seven goals, 20 assists and a plus-minus of minus-15 before Ottawa faced the Penguins Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place -- but his team did not and figures to have one of the top choices in the June entry draft.