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PENGUINS SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN SERGEI GONCHAR

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

(Two-time NHL All-Star Inks Multi-Year Deal with Pittsburgh)

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Sergei Gonchar, it was announced today by Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick.  In accordance with club policy, terms of the multi-year contract were not released.

 The 6-2, 215-pound Gonchar has scored more goals and more points than any NHL defenseman over the past four seasons (2000-01 through 2003-04), with 74 goals and 241 points.  He was a Second Team NHL All-Star in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

In 669 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, Gonchar has recorded 425 points (148+277) and 529 penalty minutes. 

At age 31, he is the youngest of this year’s crop of Group 3 Free Agents.

 “Sergei is an outstanding defenseman with excellent offensive skills, and he will be a tremendous asset to the Penguins organization,” Patrick said.

Gonchar has scored more than 20 goals in a season twice - 26 in 2001-02 and 21 in 1998-99. He set a personal high with 67 points (18+49) in 2002-03. He has played in the NHL All-Star Game three times - 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03.

 In 58 career Stanley Cup playoff games, Gonchar has recorded 36 points (14+22) and 52 penalty minutes.

Gonchar played in 56 games in the 2003-04 season with Washington, tallying 49 points (7+42) and 44 penalty minutes before being traded to Boston on March 3, 2004.  With Boston, he recorded nine points (4+5) and 12 penalty minutes in 15 games.

Gonchar spent the 2004-05 season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Russian Hockey League, where he was a teammate of the Penguins’ 2004 first-round draft pick, Evgeni Malkin. In 40 games, Gonchar tallied 19 points (2+17) and 54 penalty minutes.

Gonchar, a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia was drafted by Washington in the first round (14th overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1991-92

Chelyabinsk

CIS

31

1

0

1

6

1992-93

Dynamo Moscow

CIS

31

1

3

4

70

1993-94

Dynamo Moscow 

CIS

44

4

5

9

36

 

Portland Pirates

AHL

--

--

--

--

--

1994-95

Portland Pirates

AHL

61

10

32

42

67

 

WASHINGTON

NHL

31

2

5

7

22

1995-96

WASHINGTON

NHL

78

15

26

41

60

1996-97

WASHINGTON

NHL

57

13

17

30

36

1997-98

Lada Togliatti

Russia

7

3

2

5

4

 

Lada Togliatti

EuroHL

1

1

0

1

2

 

WASHINGTON

NHL

72

5

16

21

66

 

Russia

Olympics

6

0

2

2

0

1998-99

WASHINGTON

NHL

53

21

10

31

57

1999-00

WASHINGTON

NHL

73

18

36

54

52

2000-01

WASHINGTON

NHL

76

19

38

57

70

2001-02

WASHINGTON

NHL

76

26

33

59

58

 

Russia

Olympics

6

0

0

0

2

2002-03

WASHINGTON

NHL

82

18

49

67

52

2003-04

WASHINGTON

NHL

56

7

42

49

44

 

BOSTON

NHL

15

4

5

9

12

2004-05

Russia

World Cup

4

1

2

3

6

 

Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Russia

40

2

17

19

54

 

NHL TOTALS

669

148

277

425

529

Most Goals By Defensemen Since 2000-01 

1. SERGEI GONCHAR (74)
2. Rob Blake (65)
3. Brian Leetch (58)
4. Mathieu Schneider (53)
5. Nicklas Lidstrom (52)  

Most Points By Defensemen Since 2000-01

1. SERGEI GONCHAR (241)
2. Nicklas Lidstrom (230)
3. Brian Leetch (215)
4. Rob Blake (206)
5. Sergei Zubov (192)

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