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