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Gonchar Available

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While the names of defenceman Chris Phillips and winger Jarkko Ruutu have been bandied about on the trade market for months, Gonchar’s availability has only just surfaced and comes as a bit of a surprise.

Gonchar, 36, arrived amid great fanfare when he signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but has produced only six goals and 15 assists in 50 games and is a brutal minus-17.

There are plenty of teams looking for defencemen as the deadline approaches — the Sharks, Blue Jackets and Bruins among them.

With two years and $11 million (all terms US) left on the three-year, $16.5-million deal he signed after spending five seasons with the Penguins, Gonchar isn’t an attractive option for many teams.

“You could deal him, but you’re going to have to take somebody back,” said one NHL insider. “It’s going to have to be a dollar-for-dollar, which means they’ll have to take someone’s big contract back.

“This is going to be a really tough deal for (the Senators) to make.”

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With a guy like gonchar, you first need a system and secondly you need to be patient.  Ottawa is all over the place.  He has moved from left to right, and everywhere else.  Gonchar is too good a player to stay down for long, but he is the least of their worries.  Once they get a new coach with a system, gonchar will turn it around.

Gonchar was regularly booed in Pittsburgh his first year.  He became almost irreplaceable the next four years of his five year contract.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/29/11 at 12:41 AM ET

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But. But.. But.. Pierre McGuire raved about the signing when it was announced LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 01/29/11 at 12:56 AM ET

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A player like Gonchar doesn’t go from “excellent” to “awful” overnight without an explanation…I really find it hard to believe that Gonchar’s lost anything.  The Senators are simply horrifically run both on and off the ice, and Gonchar hasn’t fit into Clouston’s system.

With all due respect to Senators fans, I saw their decline coming when John Muckler allowed Bryan Murray to succeed him.  The Wings replaced Murray in 1994 for a reason, and both Murray and Muckler have made terrible personnel decisions (see: Chara vs. Redden, Volchenkov, the Heatley contract dispute, the Sens’ goaltending issues, essentially tossing Havlat away, etc.) that have decimated the ranks of a once up-and-coming franchise’s talent base.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/29/11 at 01:08 AM ET

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Well George you don’t watch the Pens Much then, Because in the 2nd Half of last season & Playoffs he was BRUTAL !!  People including me said that he pulled the chute the second the Pens signed letang because he knew he was gone. It looks now like father time/Injuries have caught up to Gonch !

Posted by Evilpens on 01/29/11 at 11:15 AM ET

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I will agree with Sylvester The Cat Murray being Incompetent though.

Posted by Evilpens on 01/29/11 at 11:16 AM ET

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