So what if he’s 41 years old?
Sergei Gonchar is not calling it a career yet.
The veteran defenceman inked a tryout deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday, the club announced.
Gonchar, an unrestricted free agent who carried a $5 million salary cap hit last season, played five seasons in Pittsburgh from 2005 to 2010, winning a Stanley Cup with the club in 2009.
The Penguins allowed veteran defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Martin to walk away in free agency this summer.
Gonchar, a close friend of Evgeni Malkin’s, contributed 28 total post-season points during the Penguins back-to-back runs to the final in 2008 and 2009 and is the sixth-highest scoring blueliner in franchise history.
The Russian played 48 games in 2014-15, scoring one goal, adding 13 assists and posting a plus-6 rating with Dallas and Montreal. He did not play for the Canadiens in the playoffs, however.
A longtime member of the 1,000-game club, Gonchar’s 811 points lead all active NHL defencemen.