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Penguins sign defenseman Gonchar |

Penguins sign defenseman Gonchar

| Wednesday, August 3, 2005 12:00 a.m

The Penguins have signed defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

The 6-2, 215-pound Gonchar has scored more goals and more points than any NHL defenseman over the past four seasons (2000-01 through 2003-04), with 74 goals and 241 points. He was a Second Team NHL All-Star in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

In 669 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, Gonchar has recorded 425 points (148+277) and 529 penalty minutes.

At age 31, he is the youngest of this year’s crop of Group 3 Free Agents.

“Sergei is an outstanding defenseman with excellent offensive skills, and he will be a tremendous asset to the Penguins organization,” Patrick said.

Gonchar has scored more than 20 goals in a season twice – 26 in 2001-02 and 21 in 1998-99. He set a personal high with 67 points (18+49) in 2002-03. He has played in the NHL All-Star Game three times – 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03.

In 58 career Stanley Cup playoff games, Gonchar has recorded 36 points (14+22) and 52 penalty minutes.

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