NHL Free Agents 2010: Sergei Gonchar May Make or Break Ottawa Senators GM

July 1st, 2010 by Chris Bouthillier Leave a reply »
It only took a few minutes after the free-agency period began before the Ottawa Senators made a splash as they signed defenseman Sergei Gonchar to a three year $16.5 million contract.

The deal will see Gonchar earn $5.5 million each season with a no-trade clause. The 36-year-old blueliner has spent the last five years with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he won his first Stanley Cup in 2009.

The six time All-Star has also played for the Boston Bruins after playing the first 10 years of his career with the Washington Capitals.

"I believe Ottawa has a very good team, probably missing a few pieces to go far in the playoffs and hopefully I fill one of them," Gonchar told NHL.com . "It's not easy to play against that team. That's the reason I'm signing with them."

While nobody can argue with Gonchar's numbers, there have been plenty of mixed emotions surrounding his addition to the Senators' roster. He has missed several games over the last two seasons and will be pushing 40 by the time this contract expires.

There are also a number of people who are optimistic about the signing who see Gonchar fitting the nee ...

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