|Assets:||Can still be an asset on the power play. Has size, hockey sense and a wicked point shot. Makes crisp, precise passes to get out of the defensive zone. Can still put up good numbers.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't use the body nearly enough, and can be guilty of lazy play on occasion. Because he sees a lot of ice time, and is getting on in years, he has become more of an injury risk with time.|
|Career Potential:||Savvy veteran offensive defenseman in decline.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2008-09 (Pittsburgh)|
|NHL||Second All-Star Team||2002-03, 2001-02|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2007-08, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01|
|Olympic||Olympic Silver Medal||1998 (Russia)|
|Olympic||Olympic Bronze Medal||2002 (Russia)|
|8/14/2015||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a professional try-out contract.|
|2/28/2015||Missed 6 games (upper body injury).|
|2/19/2015||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|2/16/2015||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/11/2014||Acquired from the Dallas Stars.|
|11/04/2014||Missed 11 games (broken ankle).|
|10/07/2014||Broken ankle, injured reserve.|
|1/06/2014||Missed 6 games (concussion).|
|12/27/2013||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|6/08/2013||Signed by the Dallas Stars to a two-year contract.|
|6/07/2013||Acquired from the Ottawa Senators.|
|2/07/2013||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|2/01/2013||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|1/30/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|9/16/2012||Signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL).|
|4/05/2012||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|4/03/2012||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/05/2012||Missed 2 games (head injury).|
|12/31/2011||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|12/20/2011||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|12/10/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/20/2011||Missed 1 game (bruised ankle).|
|10/18/2011||Bruised ankle, day-to-day.|
|4/10/2011||Missed the last 10 regular season games (concussion).|
|3/01/2011||Missed 5 games (lower body injury).|
|2/23/2011||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|2/18/2011||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2010||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators to a three-year contract.|
|4/03/2010||Missed 4 games (illness).|
|1/09/2010||Missed 4 games (bruised right foot).|
|1/02/2010||Bruised right foot, day-to-day.|
|11/19/2009||Missed 12 games (broken left wrist).|
|10/21/2009||Broken left wrist, late November.|
|5/13/2009||Missed 2 playoff games (right knee injury).|
|5/09/2009||Right knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/08/2009||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|3/05/2009||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|2/14/2009||Missed 56 games (shoulder injury).|
|9/29/2008||Shoulder surgery, sidelined indefinitely.|
|9/23/2008||Shoulder injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/18/2007||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|12/05/2007||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|2/11/2006||Missed 2 games (dizzyness).|
|11/22/2005||Missed 3 games (strained groin).|
|11/14/2005||Strained groin, day-to-day.|
|8/03/2005||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a five-year contract.|
|9/21/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian League.|
|8/03/2004||Re-signed by the Boston Bruins to a one-year contract.|
|7/16/2004||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|6/30/2004||Boston Bruins tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/04/2004||Missed 3 games (flu).|
|3/03/2004||Acquired from the Washington Capitals.|
|2/13/2004||Missed 7 games (shoulder injury).|
|1/24/2004||Shoulder injury, mid-February.|
|4/03/2002||Missed 5 games (concussion).|
|3/23/2002||Concussion, early April.|
|1/27/2001||Missed 3 games (bruised shoulder).|
|1/19/2001||Bruised shoulder, day-to-day.|
|12/27/2000||Missed 1 game (neck injury).|
|12/23/2000||Neck injury, day-to-day.|
|11/11/2014||Dallas Stars traded Sergei Gonchar to the Montreal Canadiens for Travis Moen.|
|6/07/2013||Ottawa Senators traded Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2013.|
|7/01/2010||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators.|
|8/03/2005||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|3/03/2004||Washington Capitals traded Sergei Gonchar to the Boston Bruins for Shaone Morrisonn, a 1st and a 2nd round selection in 2004.|
|6/20/1992||Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (14th overall) in 1992.|
| 08/24/2015 5:15 PM
NewsGonchar has agreed to a professional tryout offer with the Penguins, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar participated in the morning skate on Saturday and has received clearance to return to game action according to The Dallas Morning News. | 11/03/2014 4:15 PM
NewsStars defenseman Sergei Gonchar participated in the morning skate on Saturday and has received clearance to return to game action according to The Dallas Morning News.
ImpactGonchar said he still needs to work on his conditioning because he has been out for a month with an ankle injury, but the defenseman should play this week.
Stars D Sergei Gonchar suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to miss 3-5 weeks | 10/03/2014 12:15 PM
NewsStars D Sergei Gonchar suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to miss 3-5 weeks
ImpactThe 40-year-old Gonchar is no longer the 50-60 point guy he once was in Washington and Pittsburgh and his fantasy value at this point is limited. Stars' young defencemen like Jamie Oleksiak should see ice time for the next month.
Gonchar isn't expected to be bought out | 06/17/2014 9:08 AM
NewsThe Dallas Stars aren't interested in buying out Sergei Gonchar.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactThey might still trade Gonchar if there's a market for him. However, he's 40 years old now and is coming off a rough season, so there might not be many interested parties for the once great offensive defenseman.
Sergei Gonchar on three-contest point streak | 01/26/2014 9:43 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar is on a three-game point streak.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactGonchar scored a goal against his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Saturday. He now has two goals and 17 points in 46 contests in 2013-14. It's worth adding that 10 of his 17 points have come on the man advantage.
Sergei Gonchar earns 2 helpers Thursday night | 01/24/2014 8:41 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar contributed two assists in Dallas' 7-1 thumping of Toronto on Thursday.
ImpactHe has three helpers in his past two games after he posted just one point (a goal) in his previous 10 contests. Gonchar's first season in Dallas has not been a productive one with just one goal and 16 points in 45 games.
| 01/19/2014 2:54 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar returned to action on Saturday January 18.
Gonchar questionable Saturday v Minnesota | 01/18/2014 12:25 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar is questionable for Saturday night's game against Minnesota.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactHe is dealing with a lower-body injury and did not practice Friday. Aaron Rome appears to be ready to return to action and is likely to take Gonchar's spot in the lineup. Keep Gonchar on reserve for now.
Sergei Gonchar (lower body) is day-to-day | 01/17/2014 2:17 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Mike Heika on Twitter
ImpactGonchar is questionable for Saturday's game as a result. He has 13 points and a minus-seven rating 41 games this season.
Sergei Gonchar scores first of year in loss | 01/12/2014 9:08 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar scored his first goal of the season Sunday, but the Stars lost to the Islanders by a score of 4-2.
ImpactIt took him 39 games to do it, but Gonchar finally got on the board with an even-strength marker in the first period. Ray Whitney also counted for Dallas with his fifth of the campaign in the defeat.
Gonchar still hopes to make Olympic roster | 01/12/2014 10:02 AM
NewsAlthough Sergei Gonchar didn't make Team Russia, he would still be happy to join them as an injury replacement if they end up needing one.
Dallas Morning News
Impact"Yes, definitely," Gonchar said. "They have been great for me. Growing up in Russia, I never thought about NHL, I only thought about Olympics. That's the biggest dream you're dreaming of. It's disappointing, because this would be special playing at home." Gonchar has represented Russia in four Olympic Games. The 39-year-old defenseman has 12 points in 38 contests this season.
Sergei Gonchar held off Team Russia | 01/07/2014 11:30 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar didn't make Team Russia's roster.
ImpactGonchar has enjoyed a great career, but he has understandably slowed down at the age of 39. That being said, it's not like Russia's defense will be filled with stars, so it was still somewhat surprising to see him kept off the team. He has 12 points in 36 games in 2013-14.
Sergei Gonchar might return on Monday | 01/04/2014 2:19 PM
NewsCoach Lindy Ruff thinks Sergei Gonchar could return from his concussion-like symptoms on Monday.
Dallas Morning News
Impact"I would expect Sergei to be back on the Isle (Monday)," Ruff said after Saturday's skate. "He was actually hoping maybe for tonight. My feelings were hold him out, get him a real good skate today, another real good practice, and he'll be over it." He took part in Saturday's skate and looked good during the session.
Sergei Gonchar (concussion) close to return | 01/03/2014 4:29 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar (concussion) took part the Stars' practice on Friday.
ImpactGonchar is doubtful for Saturday's game, but should be able to return in the near future. He has 12 assists and a minus-five rating in 35 games in 2013-14.
Gonchar reecovering from concussion | 12/30/2013 12:35 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar was skating in a no-contact jersey at the Stars' practice Monday.
Stars Inside Edge
ImpactHe seems to be progressing from his concussion. This is good news. We will keep you advised as to Gonchar's recovery.
Gonchar works out off ice Saturday | 12/29/2013 1:19 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar worked out off ice on Saturday.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram
ImpactHe is dealing with a concussion and is in the first stages of recovery. Gonchar, who missed the Stars' last two games, will be looking to step up his physical activity next week provided he does not suffer a setback.
Stars put Sergei Gonchar on injured reserve | 12/27/2013 5:25 PM
NewsDallas has moved Sergei Gonchar, who has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms, to injured reserve.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactGonchar leads the Stars' defense corps with 12 points in 35 games this season. He was originally pegged to miss seven-to-10 days with the ailment and he's retroactive to Dec. 21.
Sergei Gonchar has concussion-like symptoms | 12/22/2013 6:31 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
ImpactThe Dallas Stars are reporting that he'll miss the next seven-to-10 days, but if it's a concussion then that timeline shouldn't be regarded as reliable. He sustained the injury on Saturday when he was struck in the face by the puck.
Sergei Gonchar leaves game in second period | 12/22/2013 10:14 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar took a puck to the face in the second period and did not return.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactGonchar is considered day-to-day for now and he is questionable for Monday's tilt. Brenden Dillon and Alex Goligoski saw plenty of action in Gonchar's absence as Dillon played 32:15 minutes while Goligoski saw 17 seconds less time on the ice. Stay tuned as Gonchar has yet to score this season but has 12 assists with six coming in the last five games.
S. Gonchar has 7 assists in his last 5 games | 12/18/2013 9:32 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar extended his point streak to three games on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe had four helpers this past Saturday versus Winnipeg and he has earned an assist in each of his last two outings. Gonchar doesn't have a goal yet this season on 46 shots, but he does have seven assists in his last five contests.
Gonchar returns to Ottawa Sunday | 11/03/2013 11:15 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar will return to Ottawa for the first time as a member of the Dallas Stars.
ImpactGonchar's rights were dealt to the Stars last June after the veteran rearguard spent three seasons with the Sens. Of returning to Ottawa, Gonchar had the following to say: "I have a lot of good memories from there. We got better every year during my time there and we did a lot of good things. It's always going to be special for me". It will be interesting to see how Gonchar is greeted by the Sens' faithful .
Sergei Gonchar struggling in Big D | 10/29/2013 10:16 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar continues to struggle mightily in Dallas, as he was held scoreless in his ninth straight game in Tuesday night's loss to Montreal.
ImpactIt's just 12 games into his brand new two year $10 million contract, but it seems the Stars made a mistake thinking the 39 year-old could still be an offensive threat in the NHL with just one point so far this season.
Stars may scratch Sergei Gonchar or Goligoski | 10/20/2013 2:34 PM
NewsThe Dallas Stars might make one (or more) of Sergei Gonchar or Alex Goligoski a healthy scratch on Sunday.
Mike Heika on Twitter
ImpactGonchar has been an expensive disappointment so far this season, generating a mere assist, seven SOG and a -5 rating in seven games. Goligoski's been even worse (zero points, -7 in seven GP) although he does have 11 SOG. As you can see, the numbers indicate that a scratch is reasonable.
Struggling Gonchar sees ice time drop | 10/19/2013 1:28 PM
NewsIn an attempt to get Sergei Gonchar going, Stars' coach Lindy Ruff reduced his ice time in Thursday's game.
Defending Big D
ImpactGonchar has registered only an assist in six games despite leading the team in power-play ice time. "Everyone knows he's [Gonchar] struggled a little bit," Ruff said Friday. "I think last night was a step in the right direction. If you lessen the ice time and try to quicken a player's pace sometimes that's the start of turning things around." It remains to be seen if that will wake up the 39-year-old veteran. There are some who believe that Gonchar is haaving a little trouble keeping up in today's NHL and that he might be on his last legs. We need a little more evidence before we can agree with that thinking.
Sergei Gonchar hopes to play in Sochi Games | 09/03/2013 1:16 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar is excited and motivated to represent Russia the Winter Olympics.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactMike Hieka of the Dallas Morning News asked him how he feels about the Olympics being in Russia this year and the defenseman said: "It's big. I was just in Sochi before I came here, and there is a lot of excitement. When I was growing up, there was no NHL for us, so we didn't dream about playing in the NHL, we dreamed about playing in the Olympic games. So now to have those games in Russia and be able to compete, it's very special. It's huge for me, and for the whole country. They have put a lot of effort in, and they want it to be high class." The 39-year-old rearguard also stated that he has to prove that he's worthy of a roster spot, but his first priority is to make a positive impression with his new teammates in Dallas.
No. 1 status for new Stars D Sergei Gonchar | 08/11/2013 9:49 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar will act as the Dallas Stars' No.1 defenseman in the coming season until he proves he can't do it or someone steps ahead of him, according to Dallas News hockey writer Mike Heika.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactGonchar is 39 but Heika says new Dallas GM Jim Nill traded for Gonchar's rights in early June _ his first big move on the job _ and then signed him to a two-year deal at $5 million a season because he believes in older players. Nill worked with Nicklas Lidstrom in Detroit and watched him play strong hockey until he was 42. That's what the Stars are hoping they are getting in Gonchar. He is one of the top defensemen over the past two decades. In 1,177 games with the Capitals, Bruins, Penguins and Senators, he has 775 points (217 goals, 558 assists). He is a plus-player (plus-39) and has averaged 24 minutes of ice time per game. He has played in four All-Star Games and he understands the pressure and responsibility of being a No. 1 defenseman. The Senators were expecting to scale Gonchar back last season, but when Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson went out with a lacerated Achilles tendon, Gonchar stepped up and led the Senators to the playoffs.
Stars hope investment in Gonchar pays off | 08/07/2013 10:33 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar will probably be leaned on for ice time and experience in 2013-14 with Dallas.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactStephane Robidas has done an admirable job of this in the past, but most pundits believe he would benefit from having his ice time scaled back. Gonchar stepped up when Erik Karlsson was hurt in Ottawa last year. He will also be counted on to help groom 2013 10th overall pick Valeri Nichushkin, who is from the same town in Russia as Gonchar (Chelyabinsk). Gonchar will enter the season as the team's top defender and he should see power-play time on the top unit. The Stars are hoping that his presence will help their younger blueliners develop as well.
Sergei Gonchar hopes to win in Dallas | 06/12/2013 1:20 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar is excited to join the Dallas Stars.
Dallas Morning News
Impact"Honestly, winning is my No. 1 priority, and I feel this team has good chance to win," said Gonchar. "I believe in what they are doing and where they want to go. At my age, winning is very important." The 39-year-old defenseman signed a two-year/$10 million deal with the Stars after his rights were acquired from Ottawa. Gonchar is still in good shape and he averaged 23:59 of ice time with the Senators during the 2013 campaign, which is more than any skater played on Dallas.
Stars confirm terms of Gonchar's contract | 06/10/2013 12:11 PM
NewsThe Dallas Stars have officially announced that Sergei Gonchar was inked to a two-year/$10 million contract.
ImpactDallas previously confirmed that they inked Gonchar after acquiring his rights from the Ottawa Senators, but now they have acknowledged the terms of the deal as well. "Sergei is a high-end offensive defenseman who can quarterback a power play and help generate offense from the blue line," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "Sergei has had an impressive NHL career and has been a big contributor to Ottawa's offense over the last three seasons. We are excited to see him continue his career here in Dallas the next two years." Gonchar is 39 years old, there will obviously be questions about how much longer he can remain effective, but he certainly didn't slow down this year. He had 27 points in 45 NHL games and another 29 points in 37 KHL contests during the lockout.
Confirmed: Dallas signs Sergei Gonchar | 06/08/2013 3:38 PM
NewsThe Dallas Stars have confirmed that they've signed Sergei Gonchar.
Stars.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactThe Stars haven't released any details regarding the signing, but it was previously reported that Gonchar will earn $10 million over two seasons. The Ottawa Senators will receive a sixth round pick after trading Gonchar's rights to Dallas. The offensive defenseman is 39 years old, but still managed to record three goals and 27 points in 45 games in 2013.
Stars, Sergei Gonchar agree to two-year deal | 06/08/2013 11:58 AM
NewsThe Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract with defenceman Sergei Gonchar, TSN reports.
ImpactThe deal is pending the completion of signed paperwork, TSN says. The Stars acquired Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators on Friday in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in this year's draft. Gonchar's agent, JP Barry, was given permission to find a trade partner for Ottawa when the Senators decided not to re-sign the veteran defenaeman. The 39-year-old played the past three seasons for Ottawa, recording 15 goals and 76 assists. He has played 1,177 games in 18 NHL seasons.
Stars hope to sign Gonchar to a two-year deal | 06/07/2013 6:42 PM
NewsThe Dallas Stars will attempt to ink Sergei Gonchar to a two-year deal.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactThe Stars acquired the rights to Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional sixth round pick. Ottawa will only get that pick if Dallas is successful in their efforts to re-sign Gonchar. The 39-year-old defenseman is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and reportedly as an offer worth over $7 million per season on the table from the KHL's Matallurg Magnitogorsk.
Stars acquire rights to pending UFA Gonchar | 06/07/2013 6:06 PM
NewsThe Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional sixth round pick.
ImpactNo word on what the condition is, but it probably is dependent on whether or not Gonchar signs with Dallas. As it is, Gonchar is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He also reportedly has a deal on the table from the KHL's Matallurg Magnitogorsk that's worth more than $7 million per season, but agent J.P. Barry said Gonchar wants to play in the NHL. Either way, it looks like his time with the Senators is over.
Gonchar could cash in if he goes overseas | 06/06/2013 2:16 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar's offer from KHL club Matallurg Magnitogorsk is reportedly worth over $7 million per season, according to sources of the Ottawa Sun.
ImpactHe is considering the deal but he would like to stay in the NHL if possible. "There's no surprise there. He's had standing offers there for years," said agent J.P. Barry. "They wanted him to come there before he signed with Ottawa. Absolutely (he wants to play in the NHL). The timing is hard for him because the free agency doesn't get done until July 5. That's why this is tough for him." He made $5.5 million with the Senators last season and according to sources the team may want to take a pay cut to return to the fold. If Gonchar wants to earn big money then his best bet may be to head to Russia, but he should attract interest from other NHL teams as a free agent as well.
Report: Sergei Gonchar close to KHL contract | 06/06/2013 12:24 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar is reportedly close to signing with Matallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.
ImpactHe has said that he has offers from KHL teams, but nothing has been agreed to yet. Gonchar spoke about his hope to re-sign with the Ottawa Senators, on a two-year contract, after the team was knocked out of the playoffs. He suited up for Magnitogorsk during the lockout and he posted 29 points in 37 games.
Ottawa looking into Sergei Gonchar contract | 05/29/2013 5:21 PM
NewsThe Ottawa Senators plans to speak with Sergei Gonchar's agent and that conversation could happen soon.
ImpactAccording to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Senators want to know how much money Gonchar is seeking on his preferred two-year deal before deciding how to proceed with his situation. Gonchar registered 27 points in 45 games with Ottawa in 2013 and performed well while the team played without star defender Erik Karlsson.
Gonchar hopes to sign 2-year deal with Sens | 05/27/2013 11:17 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar would like to re-sign with the Ottawa Senators.
Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
ImpactGonchar is seeking a two-year deal, which might be a bit of a roadblock given that he turned 39 in April. At the same time, Ottawa has plenty of cap space and veteran leaders like Gonchar should help their young squad. His presence in the locker room will be even more valuable if Daniel Alfredsson decides to retire this summer.
Gonchar, Karlsson solid in Game 3 win | 05/06/2013 12:27 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson collected two assists each in Sunday's 6-1 win over Montreal.
ImpactBoth of them picked up a helper on Daniel Alfredsson's power-play goal in the first period. Gonchar ended up with nearly 26 minutes of ice time thanks to a shortened Senators bench, due mostly to penalties, while Karlsson played over 28 minutes.
Sergei Gonchar happy to prove doubters wrong | 04/26/2013 10:12 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar was elated to prove all the doubters wrong.
ImpactThrough a number of injuries to key players, the Senators managed to get into the playoffs, with Gonchar's overtime goal against the Capitals making it official. "A lot of guys counted us out of it. We had a lot of injuries in the beginning and I don't think anybody was believing that we were going to make it. It's a great feeling because it proves those guys who didn't believe in us wrong," said Gonchar. "We haven't been scoring as many goals and to score a game winner to make the playoffs is huge. We're happy. I'm not just happy I scored a goal, I'm happy we're going to make it to the playoffs."
Sergei Gonchar sets record for Russian D-men | 04/19/2013 11:41 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar set the record for most NHL points by a Russian defensemen on Tuesday night.
ImpactGonchar passed Sergei Zubov for the record when he notched two assists to reach 772 career points. Gonchar has been a revelation for a Senators team that lost offensive dynamo Erik Karlsson early in the season. The Russian blueliner has two goals and 24 points in 40 games this season.
Sergei Gonchar ends point drought Tuesday | 04/16/2013 10:42 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar collected two assists to pace Ottawa to a 3-2 victory against Carolina Tuesday night.
ImpactHe assisted on goals by Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek to give the Senators a 2-0 lead. Gonchar's helpers ended a nine-game scoring drought. Chris Neil scored what would hold up as the game winner just past the midway point of the second period.
Sergei Gonchar gets another assist Saturday | 03/24/2013 9:11 AM
NewsWith an assist last night, Sergei Gonchar set a Senators record with helpers in 10 straight games.
ImpactGonchar entered the game tied with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, who put together nine-game efforts back in 2007. "It's nice, but I mean, the most important (thing) at this time of the year is we're getting points as a team," Gonchar said. The veteran blueliner should be started in all formats, especially in leagues that reward power play points.
Gonchar, Methot likely to play Saturday | 03/23/2013 11:56 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar and Marc Methot are considered game-time decisions Saturday afternoon, but it's looking like they'll play.
Senators on Twitter
ImpactGonchar was hurt late in Thursday's loss to Boston, while Methot didn't play then because of a sprained right knee. Faceoff for Saturday's game is at 2 p.m. ET.
Sergei Gonchar is projected to play Saturday | 03/22/2013 4:10 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar is expected to play Saturday afternoon after getting injured in Thursday's loss to Boston.
ImpactHe was hurt late in the third period and didn't skate Friday. Gonchar has been great of late whiling registering a goal and 13 assists during a nine-game point streak.
Sergei Gonchar sets franchise assist record | 03/22/2013 11:09 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar set a franchise record by registering an assist in his ninth straight game Thursday.
ImpactHe broke the record of eight games with a helper previously set by Filip Kuba in October 2008. Gonchar has been ridiculously hot of late, amassing one goal and 13 assists over those nine games. Gonchar will eventually cool down, but owners should run him out there for as long as this streak continues.
S. Gonchar extends point streak to 8 games | 03/19/2013 10:35 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar continued his current hot streak with a goal and two assists in Ottawa's 5-3 victory versus the Islanders Tuesday night.
ImpactHe stretched his point spree to eight straight games. Gonchar has amassed 13 points over that span. Fellow Senators defender Patrick Wiercioch contributed three helpers against the Islanders, while Guillaume Latendresse finished the match with an empty-net goal and an assist.
Gonchar, Neil expected to play Wednesday | 03/13/2013 7:26 AM
NewsSergei Gonchar and Chris Neil didn't practice Tuesday, but they are expected to play Wednesday in Montreal.
ImpactGonchar has picked up five assists in his last four games for a decent point streak. The veteran blueliner has one goal and 12 points in 23 contests.
Sergei Gonchar records five shots in defeat | 02/16/2013 11:02 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar had a team-high five shots on goal in a 3-0 loss Saturday night.
ImpactThe Ottawa Senators might have to play the remainder of the season without Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, so goals will be tough to come by for them. Consequently, they aren't looking like a good bet to make the playoffs despite their strong start to the season.
Sergei Gonchar (flu) should return Thursday | 02/07/2013 12:57 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar (flu) will rejoin the Ottawa Senators' lineup on Thursday.
Senators.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactGonchar has missed three of Ottawa's last four games. He has a goal and three assists in seven contests this season.
Sergei Gonchar (flu) misses second game | 02/06/2013 12:56 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar wasn't able to play on Tuesday because of the flu.
ImpactHe participated in the pre-game warm-up, but didn't suit up against Buffalo. Mark Borowiecki, who was originally scheduled to watch from the press box, played in his place.
S. Gonchar (flu) will probably play Tuesday | 02/05/2013 1:08 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar (flu) is probable for Tuesday's game.
Ian Mendes on Twitter
ImpactGonchar was able to participate in Ottawa's morning skate. He has a goal and four points in seven contests this season.
Sergei Gonchar (flu) might not play Tuesday | 02/04/2013 3:09 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar (flu) is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
ImpactGonchar missed Sunday's game due to the illness. He has a goal and four points in seven games this season.
Sergei Gonchar won't play for Sens Sunday | 02/03/2013 2:45 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar (flu) will miss Sunday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.
ImpactHe's been banged up with a lower-body injury, and now it appears that he's dealing with some kind of sickness. He's still an integral part of the Ottawa Senators lineup, so this hurts. Then again, as an older player, this little break might have some advantages over the long haul of the season.
Gonchar not on ice for Saturday's practice | 02/02/2013 12:11 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar was allegedly not on the ice for the Senators' practice Saturday morning.
James Gordon Twitter
ImpactDon't know what that means. Could be just a day off for a veteran or something more serious. Stay tuned for further updates.
S. Gonchar (lower body) will be back Friday | 02/01/2013 1:18 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar will return from a lower body injury on Friday.
Ian Mendes on Twitter
ImpactGonchar missed Wednesday's game due to the ailment. He has a goal and four points in six contests this season.
Sergei Gonchar out with lower-body injury | 01/30/2013 8:10 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar will miss Wednesday night's game against the Canadiens with a lower-body injury.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactThe Senators defenseman scored the game-winner in Tuesday's tilt. He's enjoyed a very nice start to the season with four points in six games. Andr Benoit will suit up in his absence.
Sergei Gonchar PP marker leads Sens over Caps | 01/30/2013 1:05 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar netted his first goal of the season to give Ottawa a 3-2 win over Washington on Tuesday.
ImpactHe registered the marker with only 2:30 remaining in regulation on an Ottawa power play. Gonchar has been mostly disappointing since joining the Senators in 2010-11, but he is playing much better early into this campaign. He has four points and a plus-1 rating in six contests thus far.
Gonchar chosen but won't play in KHL AS gam | 01/12/2013 12:14 PM
NewsSergei Gonchar was selected to play in the KHL All-Star game but declined the invitation.
ImpactGonchar, who had an outstanding 37 games with Magnitogorsk Metallurg registering 29 points, decided to return to Ottawa instead of playing in the game as Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk have chosen to do. The 38-year-old veteran is entering his walk year of a two-year, $11 million deal and is showing he still may have something left in the tank.
Gonchar rediscovers his touch in Russia | 01/01/2013 3:02 PM
NewsThe KHL honored Sergei Gonchar as the best defenseman for the month of December on Tuesday.
ImpactThe veteran rearguard is coming off two disappointing seasons with Ottawa, but he has been excellent while suiting up for Metallurg Magnitogorsk this campaign back home in Russia. Gonchar recorded one goal, 10 assists and a plus-11 rating in nine contests with Magnitogorsk over the month of December to earn the achievement.
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