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.
Stars acquire defenseman Sergei Gonchar from Ottawa for conditional 6th round draft pick
Dallas Morning News | Jun 7