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Stars sign Gonchar to two-year, $10 million deal

Jun 8, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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It looks like Sergei Gonchar not only will be sticking around in the NHL, he’s going to be well-compensated for doing so.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the Dallas Stars, who acquired Gonchar’s rights yesterday, will sign the 39 year-old defenseman to a two-year contract worth $10 million.

It was just a couple days ago there was a report Gonchar would head to the KHL to finish out his career there, but when a team comes calling with a huge offer like this, you can’t blame him for sticking around where he’s had success of late with the Ottawa Senators.

Gonchar had three goals and 24 assists this season for Ottawa and helped the Sens to the second-round of the playoffs. Even at 39 years-old he was averaging over 23 minutes per-game on ice. In Dallas he’ll join up with a host of young defensemen like Brenden Dillon, Jamie Oleksiak, and Philip Larsen to help them learn the ropes.

Perhaps the happiest guy out there about this signing? 36 year-old former Islanders captain, and unrestricted free agent, Mark Streit.

Update (3:30 p.m. ET): The Stars confirm Gonchar’s signing.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I thought he was done years ago but he looked great with Ottawa this year. That said, $5m a year with a reduced salary cap is insane.

    • killerpgh - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      They have 19 players signed and just under 14 million in Cap space for next season after this signing. The Cap ceiling shouldn’t be an issue.

    • marco1679 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      I must have missed Sportscenter last night.. I did no know Jerry Jones was now the GM of the Dallas Stars. Only a dope like him would spend $5 million for a 39 yr old has been..

    • jpelle82 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      dropthepuck, you must not have seen him play in the playoffs. they did it to meet the league’s minimum salary cap floor

    • lovac2 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Yes, they overpaid. But they had to if they wanted to get him. Dallas is not a contender so he wouldn’t take a discount to sign. If the price was $3 million, 20 NHL clubs would be in line to sign him plus another 10 russian clubs and he definitely wouldn’t sign with Dallas, so they had to overpay to get him.

  2. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    When did FA start?

  3. pensman29 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    The stars a conditional 6th round pick traded for gonchars negotiating rights.

  4. pensman29 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    This is way to much. Capgeek says Paul Martin gets paid 5 million. other people making 5 million: Patrice Bergeron, James Neal, David krecji

    • bigkniht37 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      are you honestly trying to say Paul Martin is better than Gonchar and not overpaid? Pens lost because they had zero competent defensemen (other than maybe Orpik). Stars just want an offensive dman to teach the young guns how to play as a pro and some veteran leadership after Morrow bailed.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        How did morrow bail?

  5. pensman29 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Paul Martin was our best defenseman in the playoffs and our best power play point man so yes Paul Martin is better than gonchar. Even though they are overpaid.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Paul Martin had a bounce back season (after a terrible year) but there’s no way he’s better than Gonchar. Even at 39. And that’s the price you pay for defensemen nowadays, especially skilled offensive ones… look at players like Kimmo Timonen ($6mil), Tobias Enstrom (5.75), Alex Edler (5mil), etc.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Bias much?

  6. pensman29 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    The pens lost this series because they were out worked by the bruins and the bruins showed heart in the series the first 2 games. The next 2 games were very even and could easily have been pens wins if tukka doesn’t play out of his mind. But I’m not making excuses we were beat fair and square congrats bruins, but yes Paul Martin is indeed better than gonchar IMO

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Sounds like excuses to me. Last time I checked the goaltender is a part of every lineup. Big players make big plays in big games. Congrats on all of the individual awards coming to the Penguins.

  7. 950003cups - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    LOLOL!! $10 million for a 40 year old defenseman? Are we being punked? Who’s the source of this story? Ashton Kutcher?

  8. oquintero99 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Is Goligonski a free agent?

  9. bwomped - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Way to go Gonch. You hit the lotto. Don’t care if the Stars have cap room, dumb signing. $5 million a year for a 39 year old defenceman who was about to head over to Russia to set off into the sunset.

  10. 950003cups - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    It’s not like anyone in Dallas even knows what hockey is. Nobody will cry over it. It’s the stupidest move anyone can make. Even if the guy sucks and retires next year, and goes to the KHL anyway, the cap still counts. Those 35+ contracts are rough.

    Hey Nill! I hear Dominic Hasek was talking about lacing them up again. LOL

  11. pastabelly - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Agree, this is a stupid move by Stars. They overpaid by a lot. They should have waited for the market to work out real economics in the new low salary cap world. Solid defensemen like Ference will be had for $2million.

  12. supercoop8 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Every GM just cringed

    • 19to77 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      No kidding. That probably upped the average price for FA defensemen this summer by a million all on its own.

  13. fallen737 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    you critics achingly like they have no idea what they are doing with this signing either need to learn hockey or just keep your mouths closed. gonchar is a very good defenseman and it is a very good price for him. anyone that thinks he’s a has been is mistaken because look at what he did last year playing for a sens team that had their star center, defenseman, and goalie out for a good part of the season. he excelled and logged plenty of minutes. please learn hockey before you speak about the topics on here.

    • mathieug79 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Amen, what they dont realize is he logged around 23 minutes a night. He might be 39 yr old, some guys are comparing him to extremely team friendly contract. Pretty sure he’s worth around 4.5M easily, but with the price in FA in the last year ex: Matt Carle, Paul Martin, Komisarek, and Im just going to say this, I rather have this guy at 5M than Phaneuf at 6.5M

      • pastabelly - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        This isn’t last year. The lockout and new agreement will lead to market correction and buyouts, which will flood the market with players. This Gonchar deal is a gift. This is a $2M to $2.5M player.

    • 950003cups - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      fallen737.. Are you sure you’re not Mrs Gonchar?

      A $10,000,000 contract is the stupidest thing a GM can do for an aging defenseman with one “comeback year”

  14. amityvillefun - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Gonchar is a great player and has been for a long time. His best years were with the Caps. Glad to see him staying in the NHL. He has helped every single team he has played with. The price might be a little high, but the guy still has something left in the tank.

  15. Stiller43 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Game 1, they had 1 goal allowed with about 12 min left in the 3rd. GOT SHUTOUT ON OFFENSE

    Game 3, gave up 2 goals in 4+ periods. 1 goal scores

    Game 4, gave up 1 goal. GOT SHUTOUT

    Defense and goaltending werent the reason the pens lost the series. Well they were, but BOSTONS D and goaltending were the reasons.

    Hell, if you said going into the series that the pens allowed 3 goals once, and 2 or less goals in the first 4 games, most people would guess pens were at worst tied 2-2 in the series.

    And btw, saying paul martins not as good as gonchar at 39 is laughable.

  16. jacketsfan7 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Who in their right mind would pay him $5 million? He’s too old , he’s good but , leave it at 2mi. Per year , damn the stars must be desperate

    • jpelle82 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      desperate to meet the league salary cap minimum next year. they have 19 guys signed at 46 million for next year and 6 guys going into free agency. cap floor is 44 mill

  17. pensman29 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Dropthepuck I just congratulated the bruins… But I guess I was making excuses

    • supercoop8 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      You made a nice concession and a respectful comment unfortunately a few of my fellow bruins fans are blindly looking for praise as if they are waiting to be adopted. Paul Martin is invaluable to the Pens because a lot of their offense starts with an accurate stretch pass from the back end which Martin can be quite deft. I thought Murray had a decent series would you resign him?? Also, I’m a Bruins fan/Northeastern alum so I get stoked to see Vitale play but do you think Thiessen has what it takes to be slotted as an NHL back-up anytime soon??

  18. pensman29 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Dustin byfuglien makes 5.2 million a year.

  19. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    10m for a 39 year old d man passed his prime and declining rapidly. What are these guys thinking about?

  20. buffalomafia - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I thought u had to wait till season is over to sign players?

  21. pdmjr - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Bylsma didn’t like Murray, he only trust Letang Martin and Orpik.

  22. jonkchar - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Gonchar has always been grossly overlooked. good job Stars

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