Do you guys even expect a season? With these negotiations, I'm surprised they didn't cancel the season yet.
There are divided opinions on that (as with any fanbase). As for myself, I'm very, very skeptical, and am expecting that there won't be a season.
If there is one, Gonchar to the Pens does make sense, given their need on D, his history there, and the fact that the Pens are in win-now mode, whereas the Sens aren't likely to be contenders for at least a couple more years. As for what a fair deal would be, I would think something like a low first in 2013 or a prospect (ideally a D prospect, but won't open that can of worms in this thread) of comparable value to what would be available in the 20 - 30 range of the 2013 first round.
Mind you, if there is no CBA signed by the draft, there may not be a draft.
We got Gonchar as a FA and he can go as one. All this talk about trading him for some added value is ridiculous. He has served his purpose here and if there is a season he will continue to serve a purpose for young defenders such as Wiercioch, Boro, etc.
I do not see us gaining anything by trading Gonchar. We definitely will not get the prospects some of you are pining about.
I'd hang onto Gonchar rather than trade him for what little other teams would offer. His value to us is greater than whatever one would give for a player of his age approaching free agency.
You need some vets on the ice for reasons of stability, leadership, etc. And getting slaughtered every night is hardly an environmental conducive to morale and learning. An entire defensive corps of young-20-somethings plus Philips isn't something I'd like to see. Rebuilding or not you always need a balance.
Dude still has plenty left in the tank. Gonchar was for my money our best defenseman in the playoffs this past season. Plus his shot from the point is invaluable. The PP was always at its best when he and Karlsson were paired together... I don't know why McLean didn't stick with it when it consistently generated offense against the Rangers. Gonchar's presence not only gives us a credible left handed shot from the point (something we lack) but also prevents teams from being able to shut down our entire point threat by keying on Karlsson.
Gonchar has been great for our possession game. But, does anyone feel he is soooo slow to get a shot off? When he receives a puck, by the time he gets a shot prepared, a defender is on him. Karlsson never has this problem.