Report: Gonchar to leave for KHL?
Could Sergei Gonchar be leaving the friendly confines of Scotiabank Place in Ottawa for his homeland Mother Russia? Reports from multiple sources including NBC Sports and Yahoo Canada have said that Gonchar is indeed close to signing a deal with the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the same team that housed Ryan O’Reilly during the Lockout, and former NHLers Mats Zuccarello and Enver Lisin.
Despite the reports, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review took to Twitter and stated that despite the offers from not only Metallurg but other KHL teams, Gonchar has yet to sign any sort of offer.
The 39 year old native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Gonchar was drafted in the first round of the 1992 NHL Draft by the
Washington Capitals. A Stanley Cup Champion in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Gonchar signed a 3 year/$16 million contract with the Senators and played the half of the 2012-2013 season with Metalllurg due to the NHL Lockout.
Look for Gonchar’s free agency period to be a continuing story leading up to July 1st, the first official day of Free Agency. Who, if anyone, is ready to take a chance on a 39 year old defenseman who’s years are obviously behind him knowing that the KHL is willing to throw out more money?