Gonchar Traded To Habs

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar was traded today from the Dallas Stars in exchange for the Canadiens forward Travis Moen. Gonchar, now 40, has 1 point (an assist) in 3 games and -1 rating. Gonchar is rapidly on the decline and his best years are behind him. Moen, on the other hand, at age 32 has no points in 10 games with 4 penalty minutes and an even +/- rating. Gonchar is making a hefty $5 million USD and is eligible for Unrestricted Free Agency this offseason. Moen is earning $1.85 million USD and still has 2 years left on his current contract. “We’re open to [another move],” Dallas’ GM Jim Nill said. “But my first thought process here, and [coach] Lindy Ruff, sitting down with him and our management and coaching staff, is that we have to find out internally what we have first. That’s what this trade allows us to do now. … We have some young defensemen coming up and they’ve earned the right for the opportunity. These are guys that have been playing the last two or three years, they won the Calder Cup. I needed to start opening up some doors and some opportunities for them.” Dallas may not be done with making some big moves after dropping 7 straight games in a row.
Gonchar also shared his thoughts on the situation as well. “I’m going to play in one of the great hockey cities, and that’s fantastic,” Gonchar said to the Dallas Morning News. “I didn’t fit in here, so this is an opportunity for me to go and see if I fit in there. It’s a great team and a great city and I might have a chance to play for the prize.”
More news and updates to come as they happen.

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