And So Ends the Marian Gaborik Era…
5 years, $7.5M per year.
Does anyone else think this is either going to make Glen Sather look like a genius or an idiot?
Truth be told, I’m glad to be rid of the distraction that has been Marian Gaborik. From his frequent injury troubles, to his often inflated contract demands, Gaborik has been nothing but a thorn in the Wild’s side over the last few seasons and, I am glad to say, that he is now the New York Rangers’ problem.
Truth be told, this could work out very, very well for the Rags. When at his best, Gaborik is a dynamic winger that can score with the best of them. The Rangers witnessed that first hand. When at his worst, however, Gaborik is oftentimes invisible in all three zones. The biggest problem with the enigma that is Marian Gaborik? He’s at his worst more often than not — or at least he was with Minnesota.
Don’t get me wrong. Marian Gaborik is a fantastic player and has the potential to be a star in this league. But $7.5M for one extremely good season? I don’t buy it, not one bit. If he’s healthy (and he claims he is), he’ll notch 75-85 points for the Rangers…And I doubt he’ll get much more. Don’t get me wrong…That’s fantastic. It’s certainly something that the Wild could use on their roster. But the problem is that now, he has no excuses. He’s had surgery on both of his hips — that should take care of his groin. He’s no longer playing under Jacques Lemaire — he can no longer fall back on a defensive system as a crutch. He’s got support around him — Chris Drury and company should help him shoulder the load.
Will Gaborik flourish or wilt?
I, personally, think that he’s a 80-85 point player, not the 100+ point player everyone seems to think he is.
But I’ve been proved wrong before.