NHL Notes: Stars sign Gonchar to two-year deal

NHL Notes: Stars sign Gonchar to two-year deal
June 8, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Sergei Gonchar tallied three goals and 24 assists last season with the Senators (USA Today Images).

The Dallas Stars made a bold move when they acquired Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators.

They got bolder on Saturday. TSN's Darren Dreger first reported that the Stars signed the 39-year-old defenseman to a generous 2-year, $10 million deal, and the Stars have since confirmed that report.

In 45 games last season, Gonchar scored three goals and doled out 24 assists, with an average time on ice of 24 minutes.

While the Stars may have overpaid for Gonchar, they were in desperate need of depth along the blue line, according to ProHockeyTalk.

Oilers: Krueger reportedly fired
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Ralph Krueger after just one season with the team.

In Krueger's first season at the helm, the Oilers went 19-22-7, good for a 12th place finish in the Western Conference.

Edmonton was a lousy 9-11-4 at home and ended the season with just three wins in its last 10 games.

Penguins: If Bylsma is fired, Rangers covet him
After being swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals, the future of Penguins' head coach Dan Bylsma remains up in the air.

While Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal failed to record a single point over four games, fingers are being pointed directly at Bylsma.

The Pens were blanked in Games 1 and 4 and continue to search for answers.

Bylsma led the Penguins to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference, nine points clear of the second-place Canadiens. Unfortunately, that may not be enough to save his job. And as ProHockeyTalk points out, if Bylsma and the Penguins do split up, the Rangers could be very interested in the coach's services.

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