GONCHAR SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH SENATORS

Veteran defenceman Sergei Gonchar has signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth $5.5 million per year.

The contract also includes a no-trade clause.

Sens GM Bryan Murray had been said to be looking for a puck-moving blueliner and he did so in acquiring the Russian powerplay quarterback.

Gonchar had 11 goals and 39 assists for the Pens last season.

The 36-year-old Russian is known for excelling on the power play but has struggled with injury the last few seasons.

Gonchar was drafted 14th overall by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

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