Canadiens acquire defenseman Sergei Gonchar

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for forward Travis Moen.

Gonchar missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury and has one assist in three games since his return.

The 40-year-old defenseman has 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular-season games since making his NHL debut in 1994-'95.

He has also played for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. Gonchar also represented Russia at four Olympic Games and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

''With Sergei going out it frees up a spot for a young defenseman to come in and play,'' Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after Dallas won at Arizona. ''We've had all left-handed defensemen and we think a lot of (John) Klingberg, so that's one part of the trade. Moen, he's been a winner. He's won on previous teams he's played for and he's got some bite to his game. We know he's a little bit of a role player now and he should help us.''

Moen has yet to record a point in 10 games this season.

Moen has 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 690 regular-season games with the Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

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