Recently-hired Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill made his first personnel move on Friday, acquiring veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar in a trade with the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Gonchar, 39, will be entering his 19th season in the NHL but comes off another solid campaign with the Sens, one where he played 45 of a possible 48 games and chipped in 27 points (3-24-27) while seeing 23:59 of ice time per game, which ranked as the second most on Ottawa last season.
Only 23-year-old blueliner Erik Karlsson, who missed much of the truncated season due to injury, logged more average ice time than Gonchar and Karlsson is all of 23 and just finished his fourth year in the league.
So, it's clearly not like the Stars are getting a player who is on his last legs. The savvy Russian appears to be able to still handle a heavy workload even as he approaches age 40 and his 6-foot-2 frame will provide some much-needed size to a ...