By Allan Muir
Fans of the Dallas Stars have been waiting to see how new GM Jim Nill would make his mark on the team.
They probably weren’t expecting a trade for a 39-year-old defenseman to be his first move.
The Stars today acquired the rights to Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional sixth-round pick. It’s believed that the condition is that he signs with the team.
If that’s the case, this is a no-risk move for the Stars. Gonchar, who made $5.5 million with the Sens in 2013, becomes a free agent July 5. He’s been in talks with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, and it’s a safe bet they’d be willing to pay him a lot more than Dallas. But it’s thought that playing at home is a back-up plan and he’d prefer to play in North America. The Stars are willing to give him two years, but nowhere near the $7 million per he’s reportedly by offered by Magnitogorsk. So, if he’s willing to sign for considerably less, he’ll get the chance to finish off his career in the NHL.