Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gonchar's injury: dislocated shoulder

The Penguins just revealed the nature of Sergei Gonchar's injury, and it's being termed a dislocated left shoulder.

That's a pretty common injury in the NHL, but figuring out how long it takes to recover from isn't that easy. We don't yet know if he requires surgery, but the Post Gazette says the time frame will be measured in weeks rather than months.

Alexei Ponikarovsky for the Maple Leafs had a dislocated shoulder last season and missed just seven games, so put that at the low end of the scale. Vinny Lecavalier, meanwhile, has been trying to recover from the injury for months and still may miss the start of the season (although he also had a torn labrum to deal with).

I bet we don't see Gonchar on the ice until at least December.

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At 8:00 p.m., September 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i doubt it. Don't forget that Malkin dislocated his shoulder in the preseason and he was back longgggg before December. I'm sure he'll be back by late October/early November.

At 9:05 p.m., September 24, 2008, Blogger W.R. Little said...

I believe ya. The penguins have been a little too quiet about this injury for it not to be serious.

At 9:15 p.m., September 24, 2008, Blogger Hooks Orpik said...

Wade, the team has said Gonchar's shoulder has been too swollen to further evaluate. So, even if they are telling the truth, is that a good sign to be so unusually swollen for days after the injury?

We'll see, as mentioned Malkin had a similiar injury his rookie year and was out a few weeks.

At 9:27 p.m., September 24, 2008, Blogger Valerie said...

Think we need a list of all the wounded in the pre-season. It's hard to keep track of all of them.

At 10:45 p.m., September 24, 2008, Blogger W.R. Little said...

How old was Malkin his rookie season?

Now, how old is Gonchar?

Something tells me that James is safe to say December.

At 10:53 p.m., September 24, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

We don't actually know much, but something tells me that, with that much swelling and uncertainty, the decision they're waiting on is surgery or no surgery. Either way, I think it's serious enough that he's not going to be hopping back out there in the next couple of weeks.

We'll know soon enough anyway.

At 11:13 p.m., September 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, James, I hope you're happy. You sealed this injury for Sarge on September 15 with this quote,

"Should either Marc-Andre Fleury or Sergei Gonchar go down, look out, as there's simply not enough depth at either position to compensate."

As someone who pays good money for Penguins season tickets, can you please stop forecasting injuries to our top guys?

At 11:16 p.m., September 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has "wonky" written all over it

At 3:48 a.m., September 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he going to KHL which is a huge problem to NHL? One of these day KHL will steal Chris Neil from us and then we're done.


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