Garrioch: Penguins pursuing Gonchar
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12-26-2012, 03:10 PM
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Position of strength? You mean Ottawa is in that position, We don't have to deal him to Pittsburgh, but to the highest bidder. He's necessary for us to make the playoffs, and I'd rather keep him for the year unless a very good offer comes.
Gonchar is leaving Ottawa in what is 48 games now. As it's rumored, Pittsburgh is at the top of his list, and odds are he'll be in Pittsburgh next season at a much reduced rate. The Pens do not need him how things stand now, as they have 8 defensemen how things stand now. So Ottawa can lose him for something, or lose him for nothing. Pens have nothing to lose.
The fact that Gonchar is said to want to only come back to Pittsburgh would turn him into a pure rental for a team, and that'd drastically reduce his value.
A team would be crazy to give up anything more than a 4th round pick for him. He doesn't bring enough to the table anymore defensively to justify giving a top 60 pick.
Shero is not going to over pay for a guy that he refused to give an extra year to. Ray is cut throat with veterans in decline, as can be seen with the deals he has pulled off for veterans at the deadline.
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