Hey, finally some hockey related news that doesn't center around the lockout.
Report: Penguins GM interested in getting Gonchar back after lockout
Ryan Dadoun Dec 22, 2012, 11:03 PM EST
Over the course of the lockout, Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin have been reunited while playing for the KHL’s Magnitogorsk Metallurg. This might not be the last time the two play together before Gonchar hangs up his skates.
Gonchar is in the last campaign of his three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Ottawa Senators, but Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero is interested in getting him back, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun’s league sources.
Of course, when this lockout ends and what Gonchar’s status is when it’s all over will be key determining factors. It’s possible that Shero will end up pursuing Gonchar as an unrestricted free agent.
Gonchar’s tenure with the Ottawa Senators didn’t start on a high note, but he did bounce back last season with 37 points in 74 games. He also averaged 22:15 minutes per contest and was a significant contributor for the Senators with the man advantage.
Getting Gonchar should be a plus for the Penguins from a leadership perspective. He’s a veteran voice that many member of the Penguins are already familiar with thanks to his last stint with the club. Malkin in particular would be thrilled after thanking Sergei Gonchar in particular during his Hart Trophy acceptance speech.
With all of the reported depth at the blueline, I really don't see how Gonchar fits in with this team. You have Letang, Orpik, Martin, Niskanen, Engelland, Lovejoy & Despres filling out the big league roster with Morrow, Pouliot, Maatta, Harrington & Dumoulin waiting in the wings. Not to mention Bortuzzo, Grant, Sneep & Philip Samuelson fighting for playing time with the Baby Pens. Unless Shero moves a few defensemen for a wing or two, I don't see any value in adding a 38/39 year old Gonchar.