The Stars on Friday acquired the rights to defenseman Sergei Gonchar for a conditional sixth round draft pick.

The Stars are hoping to get him signed to a two-year contract. If they do, Ottawa will get the draft pick. If they don’t, the Stars keep the draft pick.

Gonchar, 39, is a four-time All-Star Game participant who the Stars see as a potential No.1 defenseman, or possibly as a power play specialist. Gonchar has been a 25-minute player for most of his career, and averaged 23:59 in 45 games with Ottawa last season.

He tallied three goals and added 24 assists for 27 points. That ranked 16th among defensemen in the NHL. Gonchar is coming off a three-year contract in Ottawa in which he averaged $5.5 million a season. He has told reporters in Ottawa that he wants a two-year deal, something that Ottawa appeared hesitant to give at his advanced age.

However, the Stars gave Ray Whitney a two-year deal last summer at 40 and were rewarded when Whitney tallied 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 32 games. Dallas seems fine with the older player.