NHL notebook: Habs add veteran help on defence, acquire Sergei Gonchar from Stars
Calgary Flames Joe Colborne battles with Dallas Stars Sergei Gonchar during NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday November 14, 2013. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)
The Montreal Canadiens added a veteran presence to their lineup by acquiring defenceman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in exchange for left wing Travis Moen.
The 40-year-old Gonchar recorded one assist in three games this season for the Stars, averaging 13:01 minutes of ice time per game. He missed the first 11 games because of a foot injury.
"When you look at Montreal as a team, you see they're a group with a lot of good players," Gonchar said in a conference call with Montreal media from Phoenix as the Stars prepared to face the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night.
"They're playing the game with good puck possession. They're skating well, and they're winning games. They're one of the most recognized franchises in hockey, so I would say when you look at all of that, you want to join that and you want to be a part of it. That's why it was a no-brainer for me to accept that trade."
Gonchar has 219 goals and 798 points in 1,256 regular season games with Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Dallas.
Moen, 32, was pointless in 10 games this season for Montreal, averaging 10:29 minutes of ice time per game.
"Travis is a proven forward that does all the gritty things needed to win," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He brings leadership and experience to our forward group and will be an important part of our penalty kill."
NO SILVER LINING?
Nicklas Backstrom waited six months to receive the silver medal he helped Sweden win at the Sochi Winter Olympics last February.
But he may have to give it back.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has appealed the decision by the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation to award the Washington Capitals forward the medal on Aug. 28, reports The Hockey News.
WADA, which didn't provide any reasons or comments about their decision, filed the motion at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
Backstrom tested positive for pseudoephedrine, a substance found in Zyrtec-D -- an allergy medication -- during the tournament and was held out of the men's hockey final on Feb. 23, a 3-0 win for Canada.
The Caps centre said he was using it during the NHL season and was cleared to take it by Swedish doctors at three world championships and one other Olympics.
KINGS INK MCBAIN
The Los Angeles Kings, struggling to ice a full defensive corps due to the loss of Slava Voynov to an indefinite suspension and Robyn Regehr to injury, signed free-agent defenceman Jamie McBain to a one-year contract Tuesday.
McBain will make $550,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the AHL, according to Sportsnet.
The Kings were constrained by the salary cap as Voynov was suspended by the NHL following his domestic violence arrest last month, while the Kings expect Regehr will miss a few games with a lower-body injury.
To make room of the roster for McBain, Voynov has been designated as a non-roster player for the Kings.
The Kings were left with five defencemen last weekend because they couldn't call up a player from the minor leagues due to cap issues. Regehr is out with a lower-body injury and Voynov remains suspended after his arrest last month.
The 26-year-old McBain went to training camp with the Arizona Coyotes but didn't land a spot on their roster and was released. He joined the Kings on a pro tryout contract and has played in five games for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs, scoring one goal and adding two assists.