View Full Version : Sergei Gonchar signs 3 year deal with Ottawa Senators

07-01-2010, 12:35 PM
We wouldn't give him 3 years, and he wouldn't take a 2 year deal from us unless we gave him a raise from the $5 million per year he got from us for the past half-decade. I haven't heard the numbers from Ottawa yet...


Free Agency 2010 Blog
Thursday, 07.01.2010 / 11:45 AM
NHL Free Agency 2010
By NHL.com Staff

Surprise home for Gonchar
07.01.10 / 12:21 PM ET

Pittsburgh's loss appears to be Ottawa's gain.

The Penguins tried desperately to sign Sergei Gonchar to a new deal, but were hesitant to go three years on term. Ottawa had no such hesitation, offering the Russian a three-year deal and a no-trade clause, according to reports.

Gonchar, 36, will run Ottawa's power play and provide leadership. The Senators certainly have an inkling of all that Gonchar can do after watching him up-close and personal during a six-game loss in the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

--Shawn P. Roarke

07-01-2010, 12:44 PM
The dollars are in. TSN reports Ottawa is giving him $5.5 million per year on a 3 year deal. Spending $16.5 million over 3 years for a 36 year old guy is questionable at best.


Veteran defenceman Sergei Gonchar has signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth $5.5 million per year.

The contract also includes a no-trade clause.

Sens GM Bryan Murray had been said to be looking for a puck-moving blueliner and he did so in acquiring the Russian powerplay quarterback.

Gonchar had 11 goals and 39 assists for the Pens last season.

The 36-year-old Russian is known for excelling on the power play but has struggled with injury the last few seasons.

Gonchar was drafted 14th overall by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

07-01-2010, 01:05 PM
Rumors have it that Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay are in a bidding war for Paul Martin...more to come...