Gonchar Practices, Daley Making Progress

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 2:03 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Gonchar Practices, Daley Making Progress

Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who has missed the last three games with concussion-like symptoms, skated with the team at this morning’s practice in Frisco wearing the red no-contact jersey.

“He’s progressing. He’s feeling better,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “He’ll participate in morning skates and stuff. As soon as he is cleared for contact, we’ll get him up and running.”

Gonchar was injured in the Dec. 21 game at San Jose, when he was hit in the jaw with a puck off the stick of Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.

“I was fortunate. Nothing was broken and everything was in place. No one could believe it,” Gonchar said. “I am making progress and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.”

Today was Gonchar’s second day back on the ice. He skated a little on his own Sunday. If all goes well, he plans to skate Tuesday as he tries to work his way back to playing.

“Hopefully I am going to feel fine and skate some more tomorrow,” Gonchar said. “I’ll play as soon as I feel normal and I am in good shape. We are going to work towards that and then I’ll start playing.”

Daley making progress

Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, who has been out since early December with a high ankle sprain, is making progress in his recovery. He’s been skating recently, the last two days in full gear.

“I haven’t got much lateral stuff, too much turning or putting all my pressure on it,” Daley said. “Straight lines I am fine. It’s one day at a time and I am doing a little bit more every day.”

There is still no definitive timetable for Daley’s return. His goal is to get into a practice by the end of the Stars’ current homestand to get a better idea of where he is.

“I’ve got to get into practice and battle, get into contact stuff before I know,” Daley said.

Daley was injured in the Dec. 5 game against Toronto when he got tangled up with Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk.

“I haven’t watched it,” Daley said. “I remember getting a step on the guy, I think he tried to draw a penalty, pulled me down and at the same time he fell on my ankle.”

Daley said he’s been impressed with the young defensemen who have come into fill the void while he and others have been out of the lineup over the past month.

“They’ve done a great job,” Daley said. “You come in and you have to play big minutes and play a huge part. It’s not easy for just anybody to do it, and for those guys to come in and play big minutes is pretty impressive.”

Robidas update

Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas was at the team’s practice facility Monday. He broke his leg in the Nov. 29 game against Chicago and the time table on his injury was put at 4-6 months.

“It’s coming. I’ve never had this injury, so it’s tough to know if I am on schedule or not,” Robidas said. “It’s tough to compare. Every injury is different, but at least now I can walk more like normal. It’s tight a little bit, but it’s getting closer. It’s good.”

While Robidas is up and walking around, when he’ll be able to get back on skates is another question.

“It all depends,” he said. “They took an x-ray a couple days ago and I don’t know how long it takes for it to fully heal and get back all together. Before I can start skating, everything has to be back in place.”

For now, it’s a lot of rehab work and watching Stars hockey.

“They’re playing really well,” he said. “I’ve been watching every game. They’re doing really well right now and they’ve got to keep going. I’ve been very impressed with the way the guys have responded and have been playing. The guys have been working and battling and they’ve got results for that.”

Maintenance day for Horcoff

Stars forward Shawn Horcoff did not practice Monday. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it was a maintenance day and that Horcoff should be ready to go for Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles. Dustin Jeffrey took Horcoff’s spot on a line with Vernon Fiddler and Ray Whitney in Monday’s practice.

Here was the practice lineup.

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeRich PeverleyAlex Chiasson
Dustin JeffreyVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Aaron RomeJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce
Sergei Gonchar (injured)

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.




1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47


J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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