Oh my oh my, what to say about New York Rangers right winger Marian Gaborik? There are times where I am willing to trade him for a bag of square pucks and a half dozen broken sticks because I know that he’s capable of so much more, especially now that he has found his groove with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards. And to see him out with an injury for the first part of the season is beyond disheartening.
If the rumors are true and the NHL season is delayed because of CBA troubles, the Rangers have a shot at salvaging their season, but if the season starts in October, there’s no telling how much the team will struggle with goal scoring. Gaborik accounted for 41 of 222 goals the New York Rangers had this season. 18% of the Rangers goals came from one player. 41 goals will be missing from the New York Rangers while Gaborik is out with an injury. The Rangers will hurt next season if they don’t find a big time goal scorer.
But fans, please remember that while Gaborik has created so many offensive opportunities, we are only one season removed from his 22 goal disaster. If the chemistry doesn’t work (like it did at the beginning of the season), Gaborik goes back to being a massive cap hit that isn’t worth the New York Ranger’s time. And if the surgery doesn’t help his ego rebound? Well the New York Rangers are in for a rough season. Forget him returning to his physical peak, if his confidence doesn’t return, oh dear, I fear for the worse.
I don’t mean to be so doom and gloom with this post, but it’s hard to find something to celebrate about Gaborik when so much of his future and the team’s is on the line. Recovery is still a long ways off. This season only showed part of what Gaborik is capable of, let’s see some more growth when Gabby returns in a few months.
And Lets Go Rangers!