Sergei Gonchar D MON 1 Day

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 Days

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 3 Days

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 5 Days

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.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 7 Days

Though Gonchar (upper body) is cleared to play, he won't suit up Tuesday against the Blues.

Meanwhile, coach Michel Therrien noted that the Habs are taking the decision on when to play Gonchar -- who last suited up on Feb. 14 -- on a day-to-day basis in advance of Thursday's contest against the Blue Jackets.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 11 Days

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Thursday that Gonchar (upper body) will likely return next week, NHL.com's Arpon Basu reports.Gonchar's IR stint is retroactive to Feb. 14, but he apparently won't be ready after the minimum seven days. Montreal has three games next week, against the Blues on Tuesday, Blue Jackets on Thursday, and Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 11 Days

Gonchar (upper body) has been placed on IR by the Canadiens, Marc Antoine Godin of the Montreal Gazette reports.Gonchar, who has gone four games without a point, has missed the Habs' last two games, and remains without a clear-cut timetable for a return now that he is on IR. The veteran blueliner has notched 13 points in 41 games to date.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 12 Days

Gonchar (upper body) will not play Wednesday against the Senators, John Lu of TSN reports.Gonchar didn't travel with the Canadiens on their two-game road swing, and it seems unlikely he'll be available for Thursday's home contest against the Panthers. The Habs are listing him as day-to-day, but he shouldn't be considered close to playing until he begins skating.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 15 Days

Gonchar (upper body) won't travel with the team to Detroit for Monday's game against the Red Wings, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.Gonchar was forced out of Saturday's game in the first period against the Maple Leafs, and it appears he will miss at least Monday's game as a result. The team heads to Ottawa following that game, and it's possible Gonchar rejoins the team then.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 16 Days

Gonchar was removed in the first period of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury and will not return, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.Gonchar was the recipient of a blindside hit into the boards by the Leafs' David Clarkson, resulting in an ejection for the Toronto forward. The Habs are listing Gonchar as day-to-day for now, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he was forced to miss time, as his head appeared to collide violently with the glass. The team should offer an update on his condition ahead of Monday's tilt with the Red Wings.