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June 6, 2013 | 1:55pm ET
Gonchar close to signing in KHL

Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar is closing in on signing a contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

Gonchar, who will become an unrestricted free agent July 5, has an agreement already in place with Magnitogorsk, according to Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted this morning that Gonchar told him "he has had offers from KHL teams but has signed nothing yet."

Gonchar, 39, spent the lockout playing for Metallurg and could earn significantly more money in Russia than playing in the NHL.

An official announcement could be made early next week.

In 45 games with the Senators this season, Gonchar collected three goals and 24 assists for 27 points.

Gonchar is in the final-year of a three-year, $16.5 million contract.

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