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Gaborik underwent Christmas Eve surgery, Olympic status uncertain

Dec 30, 2013, 7:38 PM EST

It was one of those things that only seems to happen to guys like Marian Gaborik: in his first game back from a knee injury, the Columbus Blue Jackets sniper suffered a broken collarbone on Dec. 21. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that Gaborik underwent surgery for that injury on Christmas Eve and faces an uncertain rehab process, as his involvement in the 2014 Winter Olympics is questionable.

Specifically, Portzline reports that Gaborik’s surgery placed a “stabilizing plate and screws” into his damaged collarbone.

Here’s video of the Zac Rinaldo hit that caused the 31-year-old’s latest malady:

For most of his career, Gaborik has been equally known for his speed, deadly shot and bad injury luck. The past season or so provides a sad testament to the latter, as Portzline captures:

Blue Jackets president John Davidson described Gaborik as “devastated” by this recent injury. It’s not just that his Olympic outlook is in question, as the winger also just got back from that knee ailment.

It all might come down to Columbus’ team doctors, as they have the final say in his medical clearance, Portzline reports.

  1. killerpgh - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    It’s a contract year for Gaborik and missing all these games is never a good thing (although 08-09 was also a contract year and he only played 17 games and got a big contract from the Rangers). As much pure talent as he has I’m sure a GM will throw money at him. He has made 50+ million playing in the NHL and he will be 32 years old next season His body has taken a beating playing in the NHL. I wonder if he will go play in Europe in a less physical league were his true talents of skating/controlling the puck/sniping will shine even brighter and he can probably add a few years to his playing career.

  2. justinhbhb - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Columbus will be nasty when Horton comes back and Gaborik as well…….. AND STAY HEALTHY!!

    All they really are missing is reliable defense and [another] good year by Bobrovski to have a playoff run

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