Earlier on Friday, the Ottawa Senators traded the rights of 39-year-old defenseman Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars for a conditional draft pick. Gonchar will have the ability to sign with the Stars, which would result in a sixth-round draft pick being sent to Ottawa as compensation. If Gonchar decides to play with Dallas, new general manager Jim Nill will have his first big move with the Stars.
Now that Dallas officially has the rights to Gonchar, Nill has said that they are willing to offer a two-year contract to the man who finished second in scoring for the Senators last season.
“Two years is something we’re prepared to do,’’ Nill said. “We feel he’s in excellent shape. He adds not only skill to the team, but character, too. These are the kinds of players that can really help us become the kind of team we want to become.”
There are some reports that he could choose to bolt for KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk for approximately $7 million per year over returning to the NHL for a few more seasons, but the Stars offer and ability to remain in the NHL could be attractive for the aging veteran.