Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens traded winger Travis Moen to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Sergei Gonchar Tuesday.
The 40-year-old Gonchar agreed to wave his no-trade clause, allowing the transaction to go through.
“When you look at Montreal as a team, you see they’re a group with a lot of good players. They’re playing the game with good puck possession. They’re skating well, and they’re winning games,” Gonchar said during a conference call. “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 is a four-time All Star, who won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. He’s played in 1,256 regular season games, recording 219 goals and 579 assists.
The Stars receive the 32-year-old Moen, who has 56 goals and 69 assists throughout his 11 seasons in the NHL.
“Travis is a proven forward that does all the gritty things needed to win,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in statement. “He brings leadership and experience to our forward group and will be an important part of our penalty kill.”
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