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.
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