Farewell Sergei Gonchar? Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Rights to Dan Hamhuis

June 26th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
Following an exciting NHL Entry Draft, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero reached into his bag of tricks and acquired the rights of former Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis from the rival Philadelphia Flyers who, in turn, received a third-round pick in the 2011 draft.

This was a move that spoke volumes to Pittsburgh fans and the rest of the NHL world:

1) Shero is aggressively trying to find a solution to the Pens' problems on defense.

2) The "negotiations with Sergei Gonchar are still ongoing" statements have just lost significant value.

Since Pens defenseman Kris Letang signed an extension to his contract during the season, I had a feeling that Gonchar's days with the team were numbered and we have just taken a huge leap in that direction.

At 36-years old, Gonchar has seen better days than the past two seasons, where he has played only 87 season games because of sustained injuries.

But his time as a healthy Penguin has given priceless success to the organization, especially in the team's power play.

As the season progressed, I did notice that Gonchar seemed to be missing a piec ...

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