Ever since the Dallas Stars dumped defenseman Sergei Zubov in the summer of 2009 they have been searching for his replacement. The problem is guys like Sergei Zubov may even be harder to find than a Mike Modano.
One of the very worst moves made by recently dumped Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk was not to cut ties with Zubov - that had to be done - but to acquire Alex Goligoski thinking he was a suitable replacement. Not even close, and most guys aren't.
One of the very first moves made by new Stars GM Jim Nill was to sign another guy who could potentially be the dynamic puck-moving defenseman this team so badly needs, and this league now actively places such a premium on.
Former Ottawa Senators d-man Sergei Gonchar signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Dallas Stars.
If this signing happened five years ago, great. That it's happening now feels like a team that is spending money for the sake of spending money on a player whose best days are way, way, way behind him.
Gonchar is 39, and reportedly was close to leaving the NHL to play in Russia.
He appeared in 45 games for the Ottawa Senators in 2012-'13 and scored three goals with 24 assists.
The Stars desperately need a quality power play QB and a guy who can control the blue line with his skating and passing. There was a time when Gonchar could do just that. And at $5 million per season he better be able to do that again for this franchise.
But to bet so heavily on a 39-year-old is the rub.
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