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11:09 AM ET 10.23 | Ex-Bruins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has become Ottawa's new Alexei Yashin, identified by Senators fans as the stick carrier most deserving of their wrath. Whenever "Sarge" touches the puck these days at Scotiabank Place, the boo-birds and leather-lungs let him have it, similar to the days leading up to Yashin being shoveled off to the Islanders in June 2001 for that package that included Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt, and the first-round pick the Senators used to select Jason Spezza. Why Gonchar? "I don't know why he's the lightning rod," first-year coach Paul MacLean told the Ottawa Sun early last week. "We haven't played very well." MacLean figures if Gonchar, 37, is moving his feet and dishing pucks, then everything is fine. That's what puck-moving/power-play specialists are paid to do, after all.

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October 23, 2011  11:11 AM ET

Can We All Get Along, Bros?

October 23, 2011  12:16 PM ET

Weren't we just talking about Sergei yesterday?

My question was - why sign a high priced guy who appears to be in steep decline when everybody (except maybe the folks in Ottawa) knew the team wasn't gonna be very good?

October 23, 2011  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Weren't we just talking about Sergei yesterday?My question was - why sign a high priced guy who appears to be in steep decline when everybody (except maybe the folks in Ottawa) knew the team wasn't gonna be very good?

Excellent question. You will also note that there weren't any tears shed by Penguins fans when Gonch went to the Sens. The man can move the puck and he is good on the power play, but he doesn't seem to be inclined to play his position in his own zone. I don't know how many times Gonchar's man was wide open at the side of the net and he wasn't within 20 feet of him.

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October 23, 2011  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Unfortunately Boston decided to go after a Gonchar clone (Corvo) this off-season so we have to watch that garbage all over again.

Letang was getting into some of Gonchar's bad habits, but they seemed to have him playing decent defense now. I still think he gambles at the blue line too much, but that's just me. I'm a little too conservative.

October 23, 2011  03:02 PM ET

Ex-Bruin ? I think He had a cup Coffee there.. 22 gms

October 23, 2011  03:07 PM ET

Ottawa has been making bad moves for years, it is not Gonchar's fault its the whole organization that needs shaking up. The boo-birds are uncalled for.

October 23, 2011  03:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Weren't we just talking about Sergei yesterday?My question was - why sign a high priced guy who appears to be in steep decline when everybody (except maybe the folks in Ottawa) knew the team wasn't gonna be very good?

Steep decline?
The guy was at the time one of the most consistant d-men in the league for the last 10 years prior to his signing. Further...the Sens didn't feel like they thought the team wasn't going to be any good either...and had been a consistant playoff maker for years...and in fact to the SCF 3 yrs prior...The Sens felt with Gonchar at the time of his signing it would improve the team on the Blueline with production as well as QB the PP...(and spark, Kovalev)
Hindsite is always 20/20.

October 23, 2011  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ex-Bruin ? I think He had a cup Coffee there.. 22 gms

Yeah including playoffs and finished he 3rd in playoff scoring before The Habs eliminated them in 7.

October 23, 2011  04:13 PM ET
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Yeah including playoffs and finished he 3rd in playoff scoring before The Habs eliminated them in 7.

Not saying He was Aki Berg type All-Star, He was not there long enough just a rental ..

October 23, 2011  04:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ottawa has been making bad moves for years, it is not Gonchar's fault its the whole organization that needs shaking up. The boo-birds are uncalled for.

They are booing the product being put on the ice if they were going all out with effort the fans would give them the benefit of the doubt but in actuality the booing is at Eugene and Bryan

October 23, 2011  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He was Aki Berg type All-Star,

Now there's an obscure blast from the past

October 23, 2011  05:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Steep decline?The guy was at the time one of the most consistant d-men in the league for the last 10 years prior to his signing. Further...the Sens didn't feel like they thought the team wasn't going to be any good either...and had been a consistant playoff maker for years...and in fact to the SCF 3 yrs prior...The Sens felt with Gonchar at the time of his signing it would improve the team on the Blueline with production as well as QB the PP...(and spark, Kovalev)Hindsite is always 20/20.

He must have hit bottom the last couple years at Pittsburgh. He scored a bunch of goals, got a lot of assists but he was consistently in the minus.

October 23, 2011  07:33 PM ET

He should be!!!! This team has several key pieces, but when your main D-man has been awful since arriving......then wrath you sahll feel!

Milan Michalek(spelling?) has been on fire for a team that is struggling!!! How bout a story on his success this year so far???

October 25, 2011  01:04 AM ET
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You will also note that there weren't any tears shed by Penguins fans when Gonch went to the Sens.

Gonchar was a valued member of the team for several years. It was only his first and last years (especially his play-off performance that last year) that disappointed. Other than that, he was solid and valuable.

Sure, we didnt' shed any tears, but that's because we knew his time had come and that he wasn't worth the money or years he was looking for. Not because we wanted to run him out of town. His contributions will be remembered and appreciated by most fans here in Pittsburgh, but it was time to say good-bye.

 
October 25, 2011  01:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

He must have hit bottom the last couple years at Pittsburgh. He scored a bunch of goals, got a lot of assists but he was consistently in the minus.

2009-10 -4
2008-09 +6
2007-08 +13
2006-07 -5
2005-06 -13

As I said, it was only his first and last years that were disappointing. The rest of the time, he was one of our best players.

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