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Gaborik’s agent: ‘He’s not the type of guy who would ask out’

Mar 14, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

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Marian Gaborik played just 14:56 during Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Buffalo. The Rangers forward who scored 41 times last season was relegated to the third line and admitted after the game that he has to play better.

But no matter how bad it gets, Gaborik’s agent says his client won’t request a trade.

“Marian is a team guy,” Tobin Wright told ESPN’s Craig Custance. “He’s not the type of guy who would ask out.”

Gaborik has one season remaining on a five-year, $37.5 million contract. The 31-year-old has eight goals in 25 games so far this season, but has managed just 20 shots in his last nine games. He’s only scored once in his last 11 games.

Despite his current struggles and a substantial $7.5 million cap hit, with three 40-plus goal seasons on his resume, Gaborik would be a commodity on the trade market, whether prior to the April 3 deadline or over the summer. Per terms of his contract, he’s apparently submitted a list of eight teams to which the Rangers can send him.

“The bottom line is I’ve just got to work hard and keep going and try to stay positive,” said Gaborik, per The Record.

  1. magicrat13 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    watching a lot of ranger games, you can see his confidence is shot…but he is a known goal scorer and has been very streaky…thinking if he can get a couple goals over the next couple of games (maybe a big ask) it should get him back on track…..

    personally don’t think rangers can afford to trade any goal scorers at this point…no matter how much of a slump they might be in…

  2. tfaltin - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Keep him with Stepan, who he scored those 41 goals with last year. He’s played some with Richards this year (who he never meshed with last year), and last game got the privledge of playing with Miller and Boyle (I have really high hopes for JT in the future, but he shouldn’t be on a line with Gaborik at this point imo). Keep Haley stapled to the 4th line, and let Gabby play the role he had success with last year.

  3. imleftcoast - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Gaborik may not have asked, but his agent did. If he didn’t want out, that quote would be somewhat more definitive. Tortorella is a ash clown.

    • 950003cups - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      If Gaborik didn’t ask for a trade deal, his agent wouldn’t have said anything at all. But you gotta ask, which silly club wants a slumping high cap hit guy? Sather should call up Montreal again. He has a way of schmoozing that fool

      • valoisvipers - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        It’s not the same fool in Montreal anymore but worth the call.

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        That fool now works for Dallas. Who just traded away two players that the fool also drove out of MTL.

  4. woodstakes - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I believe a few of us Wild fans would have a comment about “Marian is a team guy,” “He’s not the type of guy who would ask out.” statement!!!

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Did he ask out of Minny? Or did he simply not sign a contract off and then go to free agency and sign with the highest bidder?

      Pretty sure it was the later.

      • profsudz - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        He knew all year that he wasn’t coming back.

        But you’re correct

        Everyone else knew it as well, except for Dougie Riser, whose damage to the team Lord Fletch has had to work hard to overcome.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Imagine just how good the Wild would be had Risebrough not lost Gaborik for nothing…

  5. gmenfan1982 - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I love how everyone says rangers are slumping. They won 5 of their last 7.

    • magicrat13 - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      everyone is saying that???

    • pwilson264 - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      yea the rangers have been playing pretty good of late, but with the points so close from the teams below the eight spot, the rangers need to get a streak going, can’t win one or two then lose a couple. they can do it the have to start playing playoff style hockey rt now. to many teams in the rear view mirror.

  6. profsudz - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Glass Groin is a “team guy,” huh?

    He was really a “team guy” back during one of his yearly 3 month vacations on the IR when he was going to timberwolves games instead of sitting in the press box while the wild were playing

  7. nicknyhc - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Here’s an idea Tortorella. Take your 40 goal scorer off the THIRD LINE with Brian Boyle and put him on a scoring line and let him skate. Not everyone is going to thrive in a tight d, shot blocking, grinding style hockey game.

    Gaborik catches so much flak from Torts and the fans its unbelievable. The guy was 3rd in the league in goals last year and gets no credit. Put him back on the top two lines and give him ice time.

  8. bbk1000 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Tortorella is starting to wear on the players…and me too…

    I’m beginning to think he is out of ideas……I’m also tired of his dog house……

    • nicknyhc - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      In my opinion Kreider should be in the lineup and Gaborik should not be in the dog house. Torts has his favorites and his players he doesn’t like….bottom line.

      MDZ was awful in the playoffs last year and you never heard anything about it from Torts.

  9. swedeg - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    He’s a team guy? Uhhhh, no. He’s a “me” guy. Bout time the Rangers found out what Wild fans knew all along.

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