Monday, February 18, 2013

2013 NHL Free Agents - Sergei Gonchar

Sergei Gonchar, the 38 year-old defenseman, is at the end of a three year deal with the Ottawa Senators, paying him $5.5 million per season, according to capgeek.com.

Although Gonchar has been an NHL mainstay since he was 20, some 18 years ago, he continues to produce.  Last season saw him garner 37 points in 74 regular season games.  This season, with the injury to Erik Karlsson, he has become ever more valuable.

Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH S S% ATOI
1994-95 20 WSH 31 2 5 7 4 22 0 0 38 5.3
1995-96 21 WSH 78 15 26 41 25 60 4 0 139 10.8
1996-97 22 WSH 57 13 17 30 -11 36 3 0 129 10.1
1997-98 23 WSH 72 5 16 21 2 66 2 0 134 3.7
1998-99 24 WSH 53 21 10 31 1 57 13 1 180 11.7 23:55
1999-00 25 WSH 73 18 36 54 26 52 5 0 181 9.9 21:46
2000-01 26 WSH 76 19 38 57 12 70 8 0 241 7.9 22:26
2001-02 27 WSH 76 26 33 59 -1 58 7 0 216 12.0 23:51
2002-03 28 WSH 82 18 49 67 13 52 7 0 224 8.0 26:35
2003-04 29 TOT 71 11 47 58 -14 56 6 0 161 6.8 27:26
2003-04 29 WSH 56 7 42 49 -20 44 4 0 127 5.5 27:57
2003-04 29 BOS 15 4 5 9 6 12 2 0 34 11.8 25:32
2005-06 31 PIT 75 12 46 58 -13 100 8 0 192 6.3 24:40
2006-07 32 PIT 82 13 54 67 -5 72 10 1 191 6.8 26:34
2007-08 33 PIT 78 12 53 65 13 66 8 0 173 6.9 25:55
2008-09 34 PIT 25 6 13 19 6 26 5 0 71 8.5 25:11
2009-10 35 PIT 62 11 39 50 -4 49 6 0 138 8.0 24:24
2010-11 36 OTT 67 7 20 27 -15 20 5 0 107 6.5 23:12
2011-12 37 OTT 74 5 32 37 -4 55 2 0 131 3.8 22:15
2012-13 38 OTT 12 1 6 7 1 4 1 0 28 3.6 24:30
Career 1144 215 540 755 36 921 100 2 2674 8.0 24:29
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/18/2013.

Outlook
Although Gonchar is not young by NHL standards, he still has some game in him.  Ottawa is not at a stage where it needs to rebuild, by any means.  Once Spezza and Karlsson are healthy, they should be in contention for the Cup once again.  Look for the Senators to reload with Gonchar on a one-year deal at the end of this season.  


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