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55 Sergei Gonchar D
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 4/13/1974 | Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia, USSR | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 19 | Salary: /images/nhl/players/170x170/19421.png | Owned/Started%: 5/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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5/15/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Won't Be Back With Team In 2015-16

News: Sergei Gonchar will not be re-signed by the Canadiens, TSN's John Lu reports.
Analysis: The Habs will let Sergei Gonchar, Mike Weaver and Manny Malhotra walk, presumably replacing all three with younger players. The 41-year-old Gonchar may consider retirement, after tallying 14 points (one goal) over 48 games in 2014-15.

4/30/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Back With Team

News: Sergei Gonchar (personal) rejoined the Canadiens for Thursday's practice, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: It looks like coach Michel Therrien will have Sergei 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.

4/29/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Skips Practice

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

4/4/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Replaces Markov

News: Sergei Gonchar replaced Andrei Markov (rest) and had an assist in Friday night's shootout loss to New Jersey.
Analysis: The 40-year-old Sergei 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.

3/15/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Scratched

News: Sergei Gonchar was a healthy scratch for Saturday night's game against the Islanders.
Analysis: Head coach Michel Therrien promised changes on the blue line following Thursday's embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Senators, and it was Sergei Gonchar finding himself in street clothes. Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn formed the third defense pairing.

3/6/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Canadiens' Gonchar Set To Return Saturday

News: Sergei Gonchar (undisclosed) will return to action Saturday against the Coyotes.
Analysis: After missing one game with an undisclosed injury, Sergei Gonchar is set to return to game action Saturday against Arizona. Gonchar has tallied one goal and 12 assists in 44 games this season.

3/5/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Canadiens' Gonchar Out Thursday

News: Sergei Gonchar (undisclosed) is out for Thursday's game against the Kings, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Sergei Gonchar will be replaced by Mike Weaver for Montreal.

3/1/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Returns

News: Sergei Gonchar (upper body) returned to action in Saturday night's win over Toronto. He had missed the past two weeks due to the injury.
Analysis: Sergei Gonchar resumed his spot as a top-4 defenseman, skating 19:48 in the win.

2/28/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Saturday Return Confirmed For Habs' Gonchar

News: Sergei 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.
Analysis: Sergei 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 the Habs' third defensive pair.

2/27/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar (Upper Body) Likely Back Saturday

News: Sergei Gonchar (upper body) will likely be back in the lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: The decision to demote Jarred Tinordi to AHL Hamilton indicates that Sergei Gonchar is finally ready to return from the injury that has held him out since Feb. 14. Look for Gonchar to be formally activated from injured reserve following Saturday's morning skate.

2/25/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Still Out

News: Sergei Gonchar (upper body) won't play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Coach Michel Therrien previously noted that the Habs are taking the decision on when to play Sergei Gonchar on a day-to-day basis, but the soonest we might see the veteran suit up again is Saturday against the Maple Leafs.

2/23/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Nears Return

News: Though Sergei Gonchar (upper body) is cleared to play, he won't suit up Tuesday against the Blues.
Analysis: Meanwhile, coach Michel Therrien noted that the Habs are taking the decision on when to play Sergei Gonchar -- who last suited up on Feb. 14 -- on a day-to-day basis in advance of Thursday's contest against the Blue Jackets.

2/19/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar (Upper Body) To Miss Another Week

News: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Thursday that Sergei Gonchar (upper body) will likely return next week, NHL.com's Arpon Basu reports.
Analysis: Sergei 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.

2/19/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs Place Gonchar On IR

News: Sergei Gonchar (upper body) was placed on IR by the Canadiens on Thursday, Marc Antoine Godin of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Sergei 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.

2/18/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Out Wednesday

News: Sergei Gonchar (upper body) will not play Wednesday against the Senators, John Lu of TSN reports.
Analysis: Sergei 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.

2/15/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar (Upper Body) Won't Travel To Detroit

News: Sergei 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.
Analysis: Sergei 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.

2/14/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Exits With Upper-Body Injury

News: Sergei 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.
Analysis: Sergei 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.

2/4/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Back In Action

News: Sergei Gonchar returned to action Tuesday night after getting one-game rest break.
Analysis: Sergei Gonchar skated 18:08 with two shots, two blocked shots and a minus-1 in a 3-2 loss to Buffalo.

2/2/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs Rest Gonchar

News: Sergei Gonchar was given a rest day and was not in Sunday's lineup against the Coyotes.
Analysis: Mike Weaver took Sergei Gonchar's spot in the active lineup.

1/7/2015

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Helping Out Regularly

News: Sergei Gonchar picked two assists on both Montreal goals and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Bolts.
Analysis: He made the most of his fairly limited ice time, as he has been lately -- despite clearing 20 minutes only once in the last six games, he's recorded five assists and a plus-5 rating.

12/6/2014

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Sergei Gonchar

Gonchar Scores First As A Canadien

News: Sergei Gonchar scored his first goal as a Canadien in Friday night's loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: At 40 years old, Sergei Gonchar's big scoring days are behind him, but he's been very steady on defense for Montreal and is part of the team's power play.

11/16/2014

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs' Gonchar Assists In Win

News: Sergei Gonchar had two assists in Saturday night's 6-3 win over the Flyers.
Analysis: Neither of his assists came on the man advantage, but the Canadiens are giving Sergei Gonchar credit for his role in turning around the team's power-play unit. Montreal has scored four power-play goals in the last two games.

11/14/2014

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Sergei Gonchar

Gonchar Makes Montreal Debut

News: Sergei Gonchar made his Montreal debut Thursday night, playing 20:08 in Thursday night's 5-1 win over the Bruins. He was credited with three shots in goal with another five that missed and had three hits.
Analysis: As expected, Sergei Gonchar was part of the power play, getting 4:49 of ice time with the man advantage. He paired with Tom Gilbert in even-strength situations and Andrei Markov on the power play.

11/13/2014

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs To Play Gonchar On Thursday

News: Sergei Gonchar will make his debut for the Canadiens on Thursday versus the Bruins.
Analysis: Coach Michel Therrien hasn't announced who Sergei Gonchar will play alongside or which defensemen will be scratched to make room for the four-time All-Star, but it looks like he'll be inaugurated into one of hockey's greatest rivalries right away. Despite his impressive production in previous seasons, Gonchar is clearly in the twilight of his career at this point, and isn't certain to hold down a regular lineup spot beyond Thursday's debut.

11/13/2014

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Sergei Gonchar

Habs Expected To Use Gonchar On Power Play

News: Sergei Gonchar is expected to play on one of Montreal's power-play units, the Montreal Gazette reports. The 40-year-old Gonchar was traveling Wednesday and will be in town in time for Thursday's home game against Boston, though head coach Michel Therrien was uncertain about the new defenseman's status for the game.
Analysis: Sergei Gonchar has a ton of experience on the power play, an ugly area for the Canadiens, who have scored three times in 42 opportunities (7.1 percent, 28th in NHL). The most obvious concern is that Gonchar hasn't played a lot of hockey this season, having missed the first 11 games with a broken bone in his foot. Therrien, who coached Gonchar when the two were in Pittsburgh, is quite familiar with the Russian defenseman and can envision how he'll be helpful to Montreal's man-advantage units.