Season Review – Sergei Gonchar played a big role this season, bigger than anyone had hoped as he became the first offensive option after the Erik Karlsson injury. The 39 year old was up to the challenge and in 45 games, led the team in assists with 24 and was second in points with 27. He played 24 minutes per game and many of them were difficult minutes as the Senators broke in some young defensemen.
Playoffs – Gonchar had 6 assists in the playoffs, but struggled against his former Penguins teammates in the second round. He was a -7 in the 5 game round 2 defeat.
Contract Status – Gonchar was traded to the Stars for a 6th round pick, and signed a 2 year, $10M deal in Dallas.
Importance To Franchise – Obviously the Senators didn’t feel he was worth guaranteeing a second year or willing to meet the price tag he was asking for.
Grade – A. Gonchar was tasked more than was expected, and he was pretty consistent and stellar at times. On some nights he was needed to contribute at a high level to win, and his veteran experience helped the Senators through some tough injury times.