Gonchar: Cup is my goal

New Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar and team manager Bryan Murray show off Gonchar's new uniform...

New Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar and team manager Bryan Murray show off Gonchar's new uniform on Friday. (QMI Agency/Don Brennan)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Sergei Gonchar wasted no time declaring his goal when he arrived in Ottawa Friday for his first visit as a member of the Senators.

Even before taking his first question from reporters at a Scotiabank Place press conference Friday, the veteran defenceman was talking Stanley Cup.

"I feel like I'm joining a very good club, with very good hockey players," said Gonchar, who signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Senators moments after the free agent market opened July 1. "We're close. Hopefully with my addition we'll go far in the playoffs and win a Cup."

Gonchar, his wife and two daughters visited schools and looked for a home in Ottawa Thursday. The offensively dynamic blue liner is excited about the fact his fourth NHL team is located north of the border.

"It's a new page in my hockey career," said Gonchar, who has also played in Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh. "Playing in a Canadian city is something that's always been special for me, and now it's going to happen every night."


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