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Marian Gaborik suffers broken collarbone in return to action

Dec 21, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

If you were to make a time capsule for Marian Gaborik‘s career, Dec. 21, 2013 might just be it. In his return from an injury that claimed 17 games, Gaborik collected an assist on Saturday … and then suffered a broken collarbone. He’ll be out indefinitely.

The injury came thanks to a hit by Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Zac Rinaldo. Here’s video of the play:

The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost three game in a row and were likely just starting to look on the bright side, as Gaborik returned tonight and Nathan Horton was showing signs of actually playing for his new team. Now the offensively average (at best?) team must go without their 31-year-old catalyst for an unclear – but likely lengthy – amount of time.

It’s a big loss for Columbus and also for Slovakia, a mid-level Olympic team that could surely use his sniping.

Gaborik could stand to lose a lot of money, too, as he’s in a contract year that’s been borderline disastrous. It’s reasonable to ask if he’s seen his last bit of action in Columbus thanks to this awful bit of luck.

Update: At least Blue Jackets fans can take solace in a win: they topped the Flyers 6-3 tonight.

  1. lowenni - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Wow. That really sucks for him, and Colombus. He can be a great talent when he’s at his best, but these injuries have gotta hurt. Hope they don’t affect his skating because that’s what makes him such an electric talent.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    For such a bad injury I wasn’t expecting to see such a harmless-looking hit. Brutal luck is right.

  3. anthj99 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    So much skill, it’s unfortunate that he’s made of glass.

  4. 950003cups - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Should be an interesting offseason with him.

  5. 950003cups - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Zac Rinaldo’s name being involved in that doesn’t surprise me. He’s getting clever these days. He’s learning how to make them look harmless. Pretty pretty clever.

  6. valoisvipers - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    How many hockey pools has this guy caused people to lose?

  7. LampyB - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    This guy is a travesty. No gaborik, and I love how Horton hasnt even played for the team yet!

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Yeah, that Horton and having offseason surgeries he desperately needed and gave the team warning about before signing. How dare he not play yet! Wow. Wow, wow, wow.

  8. canada2014gold - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    This guy is poison, every team that acquires him gets burned. He teases with his talent but it’s not worth it. Columbus fans deserve better

    • scionofflame - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Yeah, like it’s his fault. I really doubt Gaborik rolled onto the ice and said “I’ve been out 17 games, that isn’t enough! Hey Rinaldo! Come break my collarbone!”

      Get real. He’s a solid talent when he plays, it’s just a bad luck year for him.

  9. bleedrangerblue - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Ranger fans got burned with the no show Rick Nash!

  10. somekat - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    In other news, Gaborik separated his shoulder closing the car door to drive to the hospital

    Jackets would have a real beef with this trade if Nash ever decided to play in NY

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