Sergei Gonchar wanted a three-year deal and the Pittsburgh Penguins weren't willing to go beyond two.
It's not a surprise that Gonchar was able to find a team willing to give him what he wants, as the Ottawa Senators stepped up and signed him to a three-year, $16.5 million deal complete with a no-trade clause.
And with that, the Senators get one of the NHL's best offensive-defenseman and power play quarterbacks. They're also taking a pretty sizable -- and expensive -- risk for the future.
His age will be a concern, as will the fact he seems to have lost a half-step (exhibit A). But there's no denying what he brings to a team on the power play. He's topped the 50-point plateau in nine of the past 10 seasons, and the only time he didn't reach that mark was the 2008-09 campaign when he was limited to just 19 games due to injury. Speaking of which ... durability could be another issue as he's played just 87 of a possible 164 games the past two seasons. And since his deal is an over-35 signing, the Senators will be on the hook for his $5.5 million cap hit, even if he would decide to retire before the contract expires.
Meanwhile, for the Penguins, the question of who replaces Gonchar as the top option on the man advantage will not be an easy one to answer, as his absence will be a sizable blow to a power play unit that has wandered around aimlessly in his absence over the past couple of years.
The in-house options are youngsters Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski, while reports out of Pittsburgh indicate that general manager Ray Shero is focused on adding defensemen this offseason.