Arbitrator awards Gonchar $5.5 million
TORONTO (CP) - Boston Bruins defenceman Sergei Gonchar has been
awarded a pay raise of 51 per cent in salary arbitration.
Gonchar, 30, one of the NHL's premier blue-line scorers, deserves
$5.5 million US next season, the ruling indicated. The Russian got
$3.65 million US last season. Boston acquired him from Washington
near the March trading deadline.
In 669 regular-season NHL games, Gonchar has 148 goals and 277
assists. In 1998-99, when he scored 21 goals, he became the first
Russian defenceman to score 20 goals in a season. He was on the
bronze-medal team at the 2002 Olympics.
His case, the first on the summer hearings schedule, was heard Sunday.