OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators have traded the rights to defenceman Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in this year's draft.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, talks have already begun between the Stars and Gonchar's camp.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that Gonchar's agent, JP Barry, was given permission to find a trade partner for Ottawa when the Senators decided not to re-sign the veteran defenceman. KHL interest accelerated the process for Gonchar, who will likely agree to a two-year deal with the Stars.
The 39-year-old played the past three seasons for Ottawa, recording 15 goals and 76 assists. He has played 1,177 games in 18 NHL seasons.
Gonchar, whose veteran presence on the Senators' blue-line helped offset the loss of Erik Karlsson for much of the regular season, was reportedly seeking a multi-year deal.
Reports indicated he was considering signing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
Gonchar completed the final season of a three-year, $16.5-million contract. His cap hit was $5.5 million.
If Gonchar signs with Dallas, it will be his fifth NHL team. The sixth-round pick is conditional on Gonchar signing a contract with the Stars.
Gonchar was originally selected 14th in the 1992 draft by the Washington Capitals. He won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.