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With Gonchar out for long haul, Penguins look at their blue-line options

Updated: September 30, 2008, 3:22 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

STOCKHOLM -- Having lost his top defenseman for four to six months, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero was still able to look at the bright side Tuesday.

"Actually, it's not the worst-case scenario for me," Shero told reporters in the lobby of the team's Stockholm hotel. "My worst-case was that he would have been out for the entire season. We're going to be getting him back at some point, which is great news for us."

Sergei Gonchar, second in the NHL in points among defensemen ...

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