It's been widely speculated that the Pittsburgh Penguins want to acquire Gonchar once the season gets underway.
"I stepped on the ice one day (in Russia) and (my coach) Paul Maurice was saying, 'you're flying back to Pittsburgh,' and I said 'yeah, the season hasn't even started and I'm already going back.' We were making fun of it," he said.
Gonchar, 38, is in the last year of his current contract that pays him $5.5 million. He played with Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin in the KHL, further fueling the trade rumors.
With injuries on their blueline, the Senators will either need to sign a free agent defenseman or trade for one if they are to move Gonchar.