Sergei Gonchar Likely Done with Penguins

Updated: June 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm by Alexander Monaghan

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Sergei Gonchar may be looking at the open market. Β At 36, the veteran defenseman seems unlikely to accept a decrease in salary after posting 50 points in 62 games.

Since we live in a cap era a contract for a 36-year-old warrants caution. Β Over the past seasons he missed 83 games despite posting consistent offensive number on one of the league’s highest scoring teams.

He would be hard pressed to find a situation where he is the number one defenseman and on a highly skilled team as most elite teams already boast elite defensemen.

As far as drafting Gonchar goes, do so with caution. Β The Russian native will definitely give you a 10/30/40 season until he decides to pack up for greener pastures but keep in mind the extensive mileage on his body.

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