Ottawa Senators: Getting the Most from Sergei Gonchar

January 29th, 2011 by Matthew Rutledge-Taylor Leave a reply »
In an article in today's Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch reports that Ottawa Senators GM Brian Murray may by trying to trade Sergei Gonchar. 

The star defenceman has underachieved this year and is not living up to his three-year, $16.5 million deal signed this past summer.

Everyone can agree that the Sens are not getting good value for their dollar.  Gonchar has six goals and 15 assists, heading into the All-Star break.

This puts him on pace for only 33 points in 82 games, which would be his worst statistical production since 1997-98 (excluding seasons with fewer than 62 games played).

One factor that cannot be denied is that Gonchar, aged 36, is no longer in his prime, and he cannot be expected to produce points at the same rate as he did when he was in his 20s. 

However, it was not that long ago that Gonchar was scoring in the 60-point range for the Penguins.

What's the difference, apart from Gonchar being slightly older?  The coach.

Cory Clouston, who previously coached the Senators' farm team in Binghamton, has been praised for this efforts in developing the Sens' younger players, ...

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