The Pens hurt without him too, I figured I'd break the news to whoever since it's not huge hockey news, but it is big locally. However we've got Goligoski and Letang both this year, and both healthy and playing well, so it's not a HUGE concern to us, yet.
I used to be a huge Gonchar detractor but he's blossomed the last couple years... I really felt Whitney was the better all around player, but everyone agrees that Gonchar has picked up his defensive play tremendously, plus he's a good leader whereas Whitney was not.
I'm eating humble pie on Gonch now, and it hurts when he goes down because he QB's the powerplay.