Sergei Gonchar D MON 17 Days

Gonchar (muscle soreness) was on the ice for morning skate and is expected to play Thursday against the Predators, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Stars weren't certain if Gonchar would be ready to play against the Predators after he experienced some soreness following his season debut Tuesday night, but it appears the 40-year-old was feeling better Thursday. Gonchar has some catching up to do on the conditioning front after missing nearly a month of action, so he'll likely only see limited minutes on the third pairing until he proves deserving of a greater role.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 18 Days

Gonchar has been bothered by some muscle soreness and his status for the Stars' game on Thursday against Nashville is in question, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Gonchar made his season debut on Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to the Kings, where he managed just one shot on goal. The 40-year-old defenseman had missed all of the Stars' previous games this season due to an ankle injury he suffered in the preseason. Gonchar's offensive production has been down the past few season but he can still provide a small boost due to his ability to rack up assists, accumulating at least 20 assists the past five seasons.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 19 Days

Gonchar will suit up for the first time on Tuesday as the Stars take on the Kings, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

The Stars tried to trade Gonchar in the offseason, but that was a different time for the defense-starved team. His fantasy value may be limited though. Gonchar's offensive production is on the decline and the team protected his minutes quite a bit last season. Nonetheless, Gonchar will get some solid minutes as a welcome addition to a Stars roster that can't seem to stop the parade of pucks from going in their own net.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 20 Days

Gonchar (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Kings, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Gonchar is apparently healthy enough to play, but may need to work on his conditioning before returning to the lineup. If he can't suit up Tuesday, he should be back in the lineup Thursday against the Predators.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 27 Days

Gonchar (ankle) is not expected to return this week, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports.

Gonchar skated Monday, and is progressing in the rehab process, but won't be able to return to the lineup until next week at the earliest. The veteran blueliner is nearing the end of his career, and the team has undoubtedly made it a priority to keep him healthy.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 1 Month

Gonchar (ankle) will not return to action in the Stars' next two games, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Gonchar has demonstrated progress by resuming skating Monday, but he's probably not going to be ready play until next week at the earliest. In addition to the ankle ailment that continues to keep Gonchar out, the Stars also lost Patrik Nemeth to a season-ending injury this past Saturday, weakening an already-thin Dallas blue line.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 1 Month

Gonchar (ankle) skated on his own Monday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' website reports.

It's not exactly clear where Gonchar stands in his recovery, but it's a good sign that he was able to get back on the ice. Gonchar will likely be ready to return to game action sometime in early-to-mid November.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 Months

Gonchar (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Gonchar is not expected to return until early November due to a severe ankle injury. His injury will pave the way for youngster Jamie Oleksiak to make the Stars' Opening Night roster.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 Months

Gonchar has been ruled out for three-to-five weeks with an ankle injury, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.

The multi-week injury likely ensures that Gonchar will open the season on injured reserve, and surely was a motivating factor in the Stars getting a deal done with restricted free agent Brenden Dillon. Now 40 years old and a full four years removed from his last 50-point campaign, Gonchar shouldn't be on anyone's radar outside of very deep leagues.

Sergei Gonchar D MON 2 Months

Coach Lindy Ruff acknowledged Gonchar (ankle) could be out for "a period of time," Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Though the Stars are still a full week away from their regular-season opener against the Blackhawks, Ruff's ominous words suggest Gonchar's status is in serious question for that contest, and possibly beyond. More information regarding his condition should be available in the coming days, but it might be prudent to move him down a few pegs on your draft board, in the event the injury proves to be more serious. Gonchar's fantasy appeal was already on the downturn before he suffered the ailment, as he tallied only two goals and 20 assists in his first season in Big D, with his 22 points representing his lowest output for a full campaign since 1997-98.