Saturday, September 27, 2008

"Indefinitely" Has Turned to Six Weeks - Six Months for Gonchar

It's now being reported that Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will likely be out at least six weeks (and at the most six months) - this according to Dr. Trent Gause of Tri-Rivers Surgical Associates who advises that rehabilitation for a dislocated shoulder is typically six weeks whereas rehabilitation for the surgical treatment of this type of injury is around four to six months.

Gonchar said that he will be meeting with a second orthopedic specialist Monday to discuss non-surgical treatments (he's already met with team physician and another orthopedic specialist).

"It's either, 'You're doing surgery' or 'You're not doing surgery.'" Gonchar said of his options. "I still have time before we do anything. Either way we're going, I have to make sure my shoulder is strong and all the swelling is going down."
With Gonchar out, Therrien has replaced him at the point of the top powerplay line with Evgeni Malkin which has been successful since he assisted in Petr Sykora's powerplay goal during last Wednesday's pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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