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Report: Stars unsuccessfully tried to trade Gonchar

Aug 5, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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Probably not a huge surprise given how disappointing his season was, but Sergei Gonchar was being shopped around the NHL this summer — unsuccessfully, it should be noted — according to Dallas Morning-News scribe Mike Heika.

More, from yesterday’s “rolling chat”:

I was almost 100 percent sure that [Stars GM] Jim Nill would find a way to move Sergei Gonchar before the summer was over, but it looks like that could be more difficult than I imagined.

Even with the team willing to eat half of his $5 million salary (the maximum allowed under the new CBA), the Stars could not find a trade partner for the 40-year-old defenseman.

Gonchar was one of Nill’s first big acquisitions in Dallas, yet has proven to be (arguably) the least successful. The Russian rearguard had just 22 points in 76 games last year — after scoring 27 in 45 during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign — and averaged 17:37 TOI per game, one of the lowest marks among Stars d-men.

In the playoffs, that TOI dropped even more, to 13:24, and Gonchar went pointless with a minus-3 rating.

  1. lowenni - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    I was surprised at his lack of success after a resurgent campaign during the lockup season in ottawa, when Erik Karlsson got injured. Then again, I don’t think he was completely given an opportunity to succeed in Dallas playing behind Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski, whether or not his skills have diminished. I think the main reason he was brought in was to mentor Val Nickushin the way he did with Malkin in Pittsburgh. If Val ends up being half the player some people think he’ll become, then keeping Gonchar on the roster will have been worth it.

    • hth2727 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      He was given plenty of chances just didn’t play good at all,too many unforced turnovers and they signed him without knowing they would draft nichuskin,nill has said this and it was nice they were both from same town but no way on purpose,just worked out that way,wish we could trade him and hope there’s still a chance
      Go stars

    • killerpgh - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Gonchar was signed on June 8th, 2013. Valeri Nichushkin was drafted June 30th, 2013. That would be pretty impressive if Jim Nill could see the into the future like that.

  2. rushledger - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Part of the reason The Dallas Powerplay was weak gonchar wasn’t producing.

  3. elrock7 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Dallas could pay his WHOLE salary and it wouldn’t matter. The bottom line is that the team trading for him would be obligated to PLAY him.

    Not a good hockey move.

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