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Injured Gaborik on coming back for Olympics: ‘I’m not going to cheat myself’

Jan 17, 2014, 10:08 AM EDT

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik has been out of action since Dec. 21 with a broken collarbone. His initial diagnosis for recovery was six weeks and time is ticking away for him to get back in action.

Gaborik’s motivation to return as soon as he can includes being named to Team Slovakia for the Olympics and being in the final year of his contract. He tells Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch he’s not going to rush his way back and put himself in further danger.

“I can’t play if I’m not right,” Gaborik said. “I’m not going to cheat myself, or cheat a team — this team (the Blue Jackets), or an Olympic team. The other thing is, I have to be in shape to play. I obviously can’t just jump into games.”

Gaborik has played in 18 games this season with five goals and 12 points. That’s decent production for how much he’s played, but injuries have been a big problem this year. He injured his knee in November and in his first game back after that he broken his collarbone.

The Olympics makes for a great motivation to get in shape, but time is ticking away for Gaborik.

  1. barkar942 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I do believe that Marion will be heading home to Europe after this season and will enjoy being a star in his homeland hockey league.

  2. tlow97 - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    No worries, Branko Radivojevic is waiting in the wings

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I’m still pretty confident this guy could skate in the Olympics after not skating for several months and still be amazing.

  4. purpleguy - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Well, he’s cheated enough teams by either being constantly injured or playing to a value less than his huge contract(s).

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