Stars sign D Gonchar to two-year deal

The Dallas Stars have signed Sergei Gonchar to a two-year, $10
million contract after trading for the 39-year-old defenseman last
week.

The deal announced Monday adds to the Stars’ veteran defensive
core of Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas.

Gonchar was set to become a free agent when Ottawa traded him to
the Stars for a sixth-round pick in the draft this year. The
Russian was fifth among NHL defensemen with 24 assists this season.
He was Ottawa’s second-leading scorer with 27 points (three goals,
24 assists).

Gonchar is first in points (775) and assists (558) and second in
games played (1,177) among active NHL defensemen. He has played for
Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and Ottawa.