Some pundits and fans have been talking about the Rangers offseason’s plans almost like they revolve around Marian Gaborik’s shoulder injury. With Gaborik supposed to be out a couple months to start the season (Assuming no lockout) people are saying it’s very crucial the Rangers get a top 6 goal scorer. I have to say that’s a little steep.
The Rangers are a pretty deep team now and they have guys like Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov who can slot into the top 6 if need be when Gaborik is out. Is it perfect? No, but it isn’t the end of the world either. Making a move specifically relating to an injury that should last a couple months is extremely short sighted.
A move for a guy like Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash doesn’t become necessary because of an injury to a player of Gaborik’s caliber. The Penguins managed just fine for the last two years with Sidney Crosby out for long stretches. The Rangers should be able to manage through the first part of the season without Gaborik even if they don’t add another scoring threat. The important thing to remember is the Rangers will have Gaborik when it matters most in the season, and that’s for the run to the playoffs.