The Dallas Stars have traded veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar to the Montreal Canadeins for winger Travis Moen. Gonchar will be reunited with Michel Therrien, who coached him in Pittsburgh.
Gonchar had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to happen. According to a source, he has been looking to leave Dallas since the end of last season. Gonchar missed the first eleven games with a foot injury and has one assist in the three games he has played. He is also scheduled to make $5 million this season, and the source also said that the Stars will retain eight percent or one million dollars.
Gonchar made his debut in 1994-1995 with the Washington Capitals. He has recorded 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular-season games with the Capitals, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Ottawa Senators. He represented Russia at four olympics and won a Cup with the Penguins in 2009.
Moen, 32, had zero points in his ten games with the Habs this season. He has one more year, worth $1.85 million. He has 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 690 regular-season games with the Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and the Chicago Blackhawks.
“Travis is a proven forward that does all the gritty things needed to win,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “He brings leadership and experience to our forward group and will be an important part of our penalty kill.”
The Habs have cap-space to work with, but they don’t necessarily need another defenseman. It remains to be seen who will pair with Gonchar, but he does give them a puck mover, and another great piece on the powerplay. The Stars will get rid of a lot of money, and will allow the new space to potentially filled with younger talent. The Stars have been trending downward and Moen will be able to help them with the gritty, energy aspects that are hindering the Stars’ success. This trade comes one day after the Habs put veteran winger Rene Bourque on waivers.