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.