The surgery is scheduled for this Thursday and Gonchar's recovery time will be 4 - 6 months.
“It is always difficult to lose a very talented player and leader for an extended period of time, but we all believe this is the best decision for Sergei,” said Ray Shero, the Penguins’ executive vice president and general manager. “We are confident that he will come back strong after this surgery. In the meantime, we’ll look to our other defensemen to step up in his absence.”What is happening to our defense? First, Ryan Whitney and now Gonchar - both out for extended periods of time this season and it hasn't even started yet. I guess that's the good news since we may see them play during the last half of the season (Gonchar will be closer towards the end of the season, in March).