May 12 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik (10) shoots during the third period against the Washington Capitals in game seven in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Gaborik On The Left, Callahan On The Right?

One of the notes coming out of today’s practice is that Marian Gaborik is playing left wing on a line centered by Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan is playing right wing.

I’m completely fine with this line as it brings some grit and some goal scoring. I’m also in favor of splitting up Nash and Gaborik.

However, I’m scratching my head as to why Gaborik is playing left wing. He’s a 40 goal scorer and why make him uncomfortable playing a new position? Callahan also plays right wing but I think he would be just as effective down the left. If someone on that line should be switching wings it’s Callahan, and that’s not a knock on him. Gaborik on the right wing at his best is more effective than Callahan on the right wing at his best.

It still is only training camp but these are the lines we’ll most likely see opening night. I guess it isn’t such a bad thing though, when your biggest complaint in training camp so far is which player (who each scored more than 30 goals last year) will be switching wings.

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