Marian Gaborik wasn’t the most consistent player, but when he was hitting his stride, he was a dangerous goal scorer for the Rangers. A criticism of many Rangers teams in the past was their lack of a true goal scorer. That couldn’t be said with Gaborik on the roster.
It all started in the summer of 2009 when Gaborik signed with the Rangers for five years, $37.5 million. In his first year with the Rangers, Gaborik had 86 points, netting 42 goals along with 46 assists.
The following season, he finished with a total of only 46 points. A shoulder injury early that year caused Gaborik to miss a month, and cause his production to dip. However, in the 2011-2012 season, Gaborik rebounded with 41 goals and 35 assists, giving him 76 points that season.
Gaborik’s final season with the Rangers was in 2012-2013. He was traded at the trade deadline to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Going into the deadline, Gaborik only had nine goals and 19 assists. Then coach John Tortorella benched Gaborik on multiple occasions.
While it was a rocky ending, Gaborik’s boost on the offensive side of the ice was very valuable for a team that was mostly known for being strong defensively.