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Rangers report “issue-free” surgeries for Gaborik, Prust

Jun 6, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers might just hunt for Alexander Radulov due to Marian Gaborik‘s off-season shoulder surgery, but the bottom line is that the team needs a healthy Gaborik to maintain its contender status. The timetable for his return remains to be seen, yet Andrew Gross passes along word that Gabroik and Brandon Prust (finger) underwent “issue-free surgeries” today.

Gaborik received some heat for his late struggles in the playoffs, and to some extent, it comes with the territory for a guy who carries a $7.5 million annual salary cap hit. Still, there should be little doubt that the world-class sniper was hampered by that bum shoulder as the postseason went along.

(We’ll probably hear about more than a few New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings who were fighting through injuries whenever the Stanley Cup finals ends.)

The early word is that Gaborik won’t be ready for the start of next season – assuming it kicks off in October as many of us hope. Considering Gaborik’s value and history of injury troubles, the Rangers would be wise to take a measured approach with his rehab.

  1. hagigun - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Gaborik is hurt? May miss some games!?!? No way.

    Frankly I am still shocked and impressed that he was even playing in the postseason. Torts must be all over his case. Scared him half to death so he had to suit up.

    So glad this china doll is gone from the Wild. Anybody who thinks this guy is a cornerstone to build around needs to get a clue. He is in the perfect spot now that Richards and Callahan/Hank to a certain extent are the core and heart of the team. Gaborik is a luxury, an expensive toy that skates fast and scores goals (When healthy)…that’s it. He gives you no battle, no heart, barely any defense, and certainly no physical play. He would and still will never win as a team leader. He is a complimentary luxury player that few teams can literally “afford” to have and still win.

    Too bad I have to root against the Rangers because of him. I like most of their players, but this dude does not deserve to win a cup. He’s holding you back with 7-8 mill for a guy that won’t sell out to win games.

    “It’s getting way too rough out there…I’ll just go hang out on the half wall, then you guys dig it out and pass it to me.”

    “When we try and break out, I will usually send it right back to my D-man because I don’t want to take a hit and I can’t win a 1on1 battle against anyone.”

    “I haven’t been in front of the net in years, but Torts is scary and he said I have too.”

    • DED - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      105 goals and 105 assists in 220 regular season games over the three years he’s been with the Rangers. I’m sorry you feel burned by his time spent in Minnesota, but the Rangers will gladly keep him.

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