In Sergei Gonchar’s report card, I said that he did not meet the Stars’ fans expectations this year and that the Stars would probably not find a way to get rid of him and would just stick with him for the last year of his contract.
Sergei Gonchar came from Ottawa after Dallas traded for him using a 6th round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft. The fans were ready for a magnificent year by a tried and tested quality defenseman who’d seen it all, but it turned out that Gonchar wouldn’t be ready to meet those expectations. Gonchar skated in 76 of 82 possible Stars regular season games this season and ended it with only 2 goals and 20 assists. The goal total tied his career low, and some of the offensive players beat him in the assists category, which is supposed to be a defenseman’s bread and butter. Gonchar overall looked gassed out the entire year and never seemed to find his legs. He was constantly beat on the rush and weaved around by younger skaters.
Sergei Gonchar’s 14th playoff appearance was nothing to cheer about. He skated in all 6 of the Stars postseason games but never found the net and couldn’t buy an assist. All he had to boast for was a -3 rating. He found his minutes dipping towards the end of the year and into the playoffs due to his lack of help when on the freeze.
Sergei Gonchar is holding on to a big bucks contract and currently has one year left on his deal. The Stars were talking about buying out his contract and sending him on his way, but those talks have died down and the Stars look like they’re going to hold on to the vet for the last year. Attempting to trade would be a waste of time and the Stars would find themselves coming up with nothing good. But who knows? Gonchar could find a way to up his play and be dynamite come next season, but we just don’t know. But if he plays like he did last year, I will NOT be enjoying watching #55 skate out next year.
But that’s my idea. What’s yours? VOTE below on how you feel the Stars should try and handle Sergei Gonchar’s future in the upcoming offseason: