Sergei Gonchar D MON 3 days ago

Gonchar (personal) rejoined the Canadiens for Thursday's practice, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

It looks like coach Michel Therrien will have Gonchar at his disposal when the Canadiens kick off their second-round series with the Lightning that begins Friday, but don't expect the 41-year-old to see any action unless the team suffers an injury on the blue line. Gonchar was a healthy scratch for the entire six-game series against the Senators in Round 1.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 4 days ago

Gonchar missed Wednesday's practice due to personal reasons, John Lu of TSN reports.

The Canadiens are still awaiting a date for Game 1 of their second-round playoffs series, which will likely be finalized Wednesday following the conclusion of the Lightning-Red Wings game. It remains to be seen whether or not Gonchar will be back with the team in time for Game 1, but regardless, he's probably not drawing much consideration for a lineup spot. Gonchar served as a healthy scratch for all six games of the first-round series with the Senators.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 1 month ago

Gonchar replaced Andrei Markov (rest) and had an assist in Friday night's shootout loss to New Jersey.

The 40-year-old Gonchar replaced the 36-year-old Markov, a sentence that serves to highlight a potential weakness for Montreal: speed on the back end. Gonchar had been a healthy scratch the past 10 games.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 months ago

Gonchar was a healthy scratch for Saturday night's game against the Islanders.

Head coach Michel Therrien promised changes on the blue line following Thursday's embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Senators, and it was Gonchar finding himself in street clothes. Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn formed the third defense pairing.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 months ago

Gonchar will return to action Saturday against the Coyotes.

After missing one game with an undisclosed injury, Gonchar is set to return to game action Saturday against Arizona. Gonchar has tallied one goal and 12 assists in 44 games this season.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 months ago

Gonchar (undisclosed) is out for Thursday's game against the Kings, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Gonchar will be replaced by Mike Weaver for Montreal.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 months ago

Gonchar (upper body) returned to action in Saturday night's win over Toronto. He had missed the past two weeks due to the injury.

Gonchar resumed his spot as a top-4 defenseman, skating 19:48 in the win.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 months ago

Gonchar (upper body) will be activated from injured reserve and return to the lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.

Gonchar may have some added incentive to bring some physicality to Saturday's proceedings; after all, it was in the game against the Leafs two weeks ago that he suffered the injury when he was blindsided into the boards by David Clarkson, who has since been traded to the Blue Jackets. The 40-year-old defenseman, who has a goal and 12 assists in 41 games this season, will join Greg Pateryn to form on the Habs' third defensive pair.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 months ago

Gonchar (upper body) will likely be back in the lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

The decision to demote Jarred Tinordi to AHL Hamilton indicates that Gonchar is finally ready to return from the injury that has held him out since Feb. 14.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 months ago

Gonchar (upper body) won't play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

Coach Michel Therrien previously noted that the Habs are taking the decision on when to play Gonchar on a day-to-day basis, but the soonest we might see the veteran suit up again is Saturday against the Maple Leafs.