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Report: Gaborik will require rotator cuff surgery

Jun 1, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

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According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Rangers forward Marian Gaborik will need to undergo surgery for an injured rotator cuff.

While there’s no set report on how long the procedure will keep Gaborik out for, a report from the University of Maryland’s Orthopaedics Department (Shoulder and Elbow Program) says it takes approximately six months for rotator cuff surgery patients to regain 80 percent of strength with studies showing “gains in strength continue over a two-year time period.”

The rumor of Gaborik suffering a shoulder injury early in the playoffs came up a few days ago, with the Slovakian sniper quickly shooting it down.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “I’ll know in a few days.”

Gaborik struggled mightily this postseason after leading the Rangers with 41 goals during the regular season. He had just five goals in 20 playoff games and registered just one point (and a minus-2 rating) in the Eastern Conference finals against New Jersey.

This tough blow is made even more difficult by the fact Gaborik’s coming off one of the healthiest stretches of his career. He participated in all 82 games for the first time in his 11 NHL seasons and finally seemed to have gotten over the myriad of injuries that had him miss 147 games since the lockout.

Should Gaborik project to miss an extended period of time, don’t be surprised if New York re-ignites the Rick Nash trade talks.

UPDATE: Brooks reports Gaborik had an MRI on Tuesday and will undergo surgery in New York next week after returning from his native Slovakia.

  1. barkar942 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Well, this sure does explain his challenges during the last few weeks of the Rangers playoff run.

  2. rwmilli - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Wow man, I took him in regular season pool, knowwwwing his injury history, by he was the best player on the board at the time, guess I picked the right year :P

  3. rpiotr01 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    By all means, go after Rick Nash, but don’t dare touch that Krieder kid.

    Would Mark Staal, Dubinsky, 1st round pick and pick to be named later get the deal done?

    As for Gabby, the injury clearly made some difference, but fact is Torts cracks the whip pretty hard on these guys in terms of what he expects them to do every. single. shift. and Gaborik is just not the kind of guy who can hold up to that sort of play for 100+ games a season. Can’t use it as too much of an excuse, I think he was simply worn down, and that’s the reason for lack of production. Burst with his legs just wasn’t there.

  4. jkay1818 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    there is no chance in hell the rangers would part ways with Staal, he isnt even in his prime yet and as you can see, healthy is a monster. dubinsky, staal and a first is way too much. They can move dubinsky for salary cap purposes get nash in it and still have enough to sign parise. Their best best is to go after bobby ryan again. He is younger than nash and overall a more dynamic scorer. Plus ryan and dubinsky share the same cap hit.

    • rpiotr01 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      You gotta give something to get something. Nash is a legit offensive scorer, Staal is a legit top 2 D-man. NYR have Girardi and McDonaugh as a top pair, Del Zotto is a legit second tier guy, Michael Sauer has a ton of potential (see how he’s doing over the summer post-concussion), plus Erixon waiting in the wings and Dylan McIlrath 2-3 years away. They have talent on D, and while Staal isn’t expendable he IS someone that another team would actually want in a trade, unlike Dubisnsky who is no more than a throw in at this point.

    • stakex - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      The Rangers will not end up with both Nash and Parise. There is simply not enough cap space to go around.

      Not only do the Rangers have a few free agents they need to resign this year, over the next two years several guys they will want to keep will have their entry level deals expire… including Stepan, McDonagh, and Kreider. All of them are going to need huge raises, and the Rangers will need the cap space to make it happen.

      Besides, the Rangers will have Kreider this year. He might not be a super star on level with Nash or Praise in his first year… but he sure as hell proved he can play and score at a pro level already. Imagine what he will do with a full training camp and better integration into the Rangers system… not to mention an 82 game season at the NHL level. He very well might be a found 20-30 goal scorer at a fraction the cost.

      Now between Nash and Parise… Parise is clearly the better player, and would be much smoother for the Ragners to pick up (if he does leave the Devils) since they could just sign him as a free agent. To get Nash, the Rangers would have to deal with the laughably high demands of Columbus… and I don’t know if the Rangers will be willing to give up enough to make Columbus happy.

      • nicknyhc - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:55 AM

        I got a bad feeling about Nash, I really think he’d underachieve in NY. Parise is definitely a good deal and I’m pretty confident he wants to be wearing blue next year. I think Kreider has the potential to have a huge breakout year. I mean, the kid came up during the playoffs under a ton of pressure from a fanatical fanbase and out performed the Rangers’ top players. Rangers are gonna be a beast of a team next year with the right deals and hopefully a better powerplay.

  5. nicknyhc - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Del Zaster sucks, give that bum away. Don’t even think of trading staal. The hell with Nash, he’s another guy who’s already passed his prime that everyone thinks is gonna come to NY and become a superstar and its not gonna happen. He will pull a Jagr/Gomez/Drury, sign a huge deal and then flop. Sign Parise not Nash.

  6. daniel10017 - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    The Rangers shouldn’t go after Parise. He will be the second coming of Bobby Holik and Scott Gomez who were great because of the Devils system but colossal busts as Rangers

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