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Gonchar isn’t sweating trade rumors

Jan 12, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

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At this point in his career, Sergei Gonchar‘s been through it all. Good teams, bad teams, Stanley Cup success and heartbreak. Trade rumors though? He ain’t sweating those.

Recently, a rumor popped up about Gonchar possibly being traded back to Pittsburgh. As Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun found out, Gonchar pays those stories no mind.

“Rumors are rumors,” the Senators defenseman, 38, said Friday at Scotiabank Place. “I’ve been in the NHL for so many years, I’ve heard so many rumors. I’m not even thinking about it.”

Gonchar helped the 2009 Penguins to the Stanley Cup, so if he was to go back there it’d be a more than familiar situation. Playing on the power play for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would be pretty good, too.

After the surprising success the Senators had last season, however, maybe Gonchar is excited about the possibilities to come in Ottawa.

  1. nygdriveforfive - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Gonchar hopefully isn’t going anywhere. Great pp guy and an underrated passer. Sens are heading back to the playoffs this year.

  2. cavafox - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Rumor popped up because of gonch and Malkin’s history. Unless Malkin pushed for it, I don’t think it would happen.

  3. steelers88 - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I hope the Pens can get him he is really a class act and the Sens are lucky to have him.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Eh. Pens have a small mountain of D in the pipeline. Despres and Morrow in particular are ready for at least bottom-pairing minutes. And on top of that, they still have a top four (in no particular order) of Letang, Orpik, Martin and Niskanen. Where does he fit?

      • jobotjones - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        If we are speaking figuratively, I’d swap Martin for Gonch in a second.

  4. ironcity6pak - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Bring him back to the burgh!!

  5. dayno66 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    He doesn’t fit in long term for the pens. But with only one year left on his contract, he’d be exactly the type of rental the pens need. Shero seems adept at swinging solid deadline deals, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Gonch was a pen come playoff time.

  6. nygdriveforfive - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Sens will need him for there playoff run this year.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    He would only be a rental for the Pens this season since he only has on year left on his deal with the sens

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