Gonchar

Report: Stars have been trying to trade Sergei Gonchar

The Dallas Stars are willing to trade Sergei Gonchar, but to date they haven’t been able to find an interested partner. According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, it was believed that the Stars would move Gonchar this summer and they were even willing to eat 50% of the defenseman’s $5 million salary. This may still be the case, but the summer is winding down in a hurry and the Stars still employ Gonchar.

This is an interesting, yet not surprising report. Gonchar struggled in 2013-14, and with the veteran turning 40 and showing serious signs of slowing down, Dallas may believe it’s time to use a younger, cheaper option. Even if they’re willing to pay half of his salary, they can still come out ahead financially assuming a different option comes at less than $2.5 million a year.

While it’s not a shock that Dallas wants to move Gonchar, it’s also not a shock that they haven’t been able to find a suitor. Gonchar’s age, declining skill and fading stamina should all be big red flags. Considering how long it took for Michael Del Zotto, a young skater with a decent amount of upside, to find a new team, no one should be puzzled that Gonchar has been difficult to move.

A deal may transpire as the upcoming season approaches. Though Gonchar certainly has his limits, he has valuable experience a young team may value and he should still be a decent weapon with the man advantage.

Do you think Gonchar will be traded? If so, where will he land?

David Rogers

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