DALLAS - The Dallas Stars acquired defenceman Sergei Gonchar from Ottawa on Friday for a conditional sixth-round draft pick this year.
Gonchar had 15 goals and 76 assists in 186 games over three seasons for the Senators. He led Ottawa defencemen in scoring with 27 points — three goals and 24 assists — this season, the last of a three-year, $16.5 million contract.
The 39-year-old Gonchar, set to become an unrestricted free agent July 5, has 217 goals and 558 assists in 1,117 games over 18 seasons. The Russian spent his first nine seasons with Washington and also played for Boston and Pittsburgh.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final