NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Teams That Need Sergei Gonchar

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NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Teams That Need Sergei Gonchar
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With the Ottawa Senators sitting 28th overall in the league, and falling quickly, the selling off of players has begun.

With Mike Fisher already traded to the Nashville Predators for draft picks, the Senators will try to move many of their other assets before the February 28 trade deadline.

Sergei Gonchar signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Senators just last summer, but has been frequently mentioned in rumors leaving Ottawa.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has reportedly told GM Bryan Murray to get rid of as much salary as possible, which includes dumping Alexei Kovalev, Filip Kuba and Gonchar.

There are several problems with trading Gonchar however, as he holds a no-trade clause, has a history of injuries and is having a terrible season.

Probably the most difficult challenge to overcome is Gonchar's contract situation. He's due $5.5 million each of the next two seasons, and because he was over 35 when he signed it, the cap hit doesn't go away, even if he decides to retire.

Regardless of the issues, Gonchar generally plays a steady two-way game (this season exempted), is a power play expert and has won a Stanley Cup.

He is also the type of player who will do anything to help his team win. In Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Gonchar suffered a partially torn MCL from a brutal knee-on-knee hit by Alex Ovechkin.

He was expected to miss the rest of the playoffs, but returned just two games later and played through the injury for the rest of the playoffs, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.

That type of heart and desire, combined with Gonchar's skill, could help many teams around the league. Here are 10 of them.

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