Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky intend to play at least one more season in the NHL.
Both veteran defensemen are set to become unrestricted free agents next month.
Zidlicky split the 2014-15 season between the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. In 84 games the 38-year-old had seven goals and 34 points to go along with a minus-9 rating while averaging over 20 minutes a night in ice time.
“He is 100 percent committed to playing in the NHL next season,” Zidlicky’s agent Allan Walsh tweeted on Monday afternoon.
Gonchar split the 2014-15 season between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. The Habs announced last month that they would not be bringing the 41-year-old back for next season.
Montreal acquired Gonchar from Dallas in exchange for Travis Moen in November.
In 48 games this season Gonchar had one goal and 13 assists to go along with a plus-6 rating while averaging nearly 18 minutes a night in ice time.
Gonchar told TVA’s Renaud Lavoie that he wants to play one more season.
Maybe it was a sign of things to come.
Dallas Stars veteran forward Travis Moen, who hadn’t played since Feb. 17 and entered Friday’s game against the St. Louis Blues with one goal on the season, scored on a penalty shot in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The two teams suddenly erupted for seven goals in the second period, including three in the first 38 seconds, for a combined nine goals on just 38 shots through the opening 40 minutes.
For the 32-year-old Moen, that was his first career penalty shot attempt. It came with 11 seconds remaining in the opening period.
The Stars jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the second period, but coughed that up in a 7-5 loss to the Blues on what was a record-setting night.
Jake Allen certainly isn’t Martin Brodeur, especially when it comes to playing the puck.
Allen misplayed a puck in behind the St. Louis net and Dallas Stars forward Travis Moen was more than happy to take advantage of the mistake, burying his first goal of the season early in the first period of Saturday’s game.
Allen went to make a pass from behind the net, but just lost control of the puck, which ended up on Moen’s stick. He made no mistake into the empty net. Allen went diving across the crease in desperation but couldn’t make up for his error.