Great game by my old team Rangers and Tiger winning TPC! Was flipping channels to watch both events.Great finishes!Good luck tomo boys…—
Marian Gaborik (@MGaborik10) May 12, 2013
According to reports out of Slovakia and Columbus, former Ranger Marian Gaborik is in Philadelphia today to get checked out for an abdominal issue that may prevent him from representing Slovakia at the World Championships.
Aaron Portzline says that Gaborik’s issue is not related to the shoulder surgery he had last summer or a groin issue.
Gaborik played in all 47 games this season. He played 35 with the Rangers and Columbus only had 12 left after he was traded.
He had three goals and five assists in the 12 games he played for the Blue Jackets.
During his meeting with the media today, John Tortorella fielded questions about how the Rangers have changed since bringing in Mats Zuccarello, Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore around the trade deadline.
Tortorella said that while he has always felt good about the team, the lack of depth in the middle of the lineup was not allowing the Rangers to play 60 minute games.
Tortorella then said that the Rangers better play after the deadline was not an indictment of Marian Gaborik or the relationship that the two of them had. He called Gaborik a “hell of a player,” who helped Columbus nearly make the playoffs and is a player who the Rangers miss in a lot of situations.
He said that making any accusations about the relationship between Gaborik and Tortorella is “wrong and unfair” to both of them and that the trade was made because the Rangers picked up players who helped solidify the middle of the lineup.
Gaborik had a goal, an assist and six shot attempts. Four shots on goal, one blocked and one that missed the net. He played 16:03
On Sportsnet Radio, Columbus President John Davidson talked about how the Marian Gaborik trade developed.
JD said that the two sides were talking and that when the topic switched to Gaborik, the Rangers said that they wouldn’t move him unless they got the right package in return.
After some discussion, JD said that the two sides agreed on a package that worked for both teams. JD said that he thinks it is a trade that will be good for both the Rangers and Blue Jackets.
JD also said that he was happy that the former Columbus players were able to make such an immediate impact with the Rangers last night.
Portzline notes that Gaborik was skating with Artem Anisimov and Vinny Prospal at their morning skate.
On a conference call yesterday, Gaborik said (via Ranger Rants) that he wasn’t having fun this season and that he doesn’t think the entire team was having fun.
On his relationship with John Tortorella, Gaborik said “There was nothing there for me. It was nothing personal. Sometimes we didn’t see eye-to-eye but that’s it. That’s hockey. Everybody goes through stuff like that with their coaches.”
He also said that he spoke with Vinny Prospal, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov about moving to Columbus
Wanted to thank Rangers,my teammates and great fans in NY for almost 4years in NYC. Had an awesome time.. New challenge ahead of me in CBJ!—
Marian Gaborik (@MGaborik10) April 03, 2013
The second part translates to “all the best”
7:13PM: In his pre-game press conference, John Tortorella said that he and the team will miss Gaborik and that he expects Gaborik to “come alive”
He said that no matter what is written or said, he likes Gaborik and the two had a good relationship.
Tortorella continued to say that he respects Gaborik, saw him grow as a player and firmly believes that he will start scoring for Columbus.
5:13PM: The Rangers have announced the trade. The press release is below
3:34PM: The Rangers have also traded Blake Parlett and Steve Delisle to Columbus as part of the deal. This allows the Rangers to get to 50 contracts.
2:51PM: Pierre McGuire said on TSN that this was a good move for the Rangers who addressed their depth issue, added some grit and brought in a defenseman who skates nearly as well as Ryan McDonagh.
2:46PM: Bob McKenzie notes that the official trade is Marian Gaborik to Columbus for Derick Brassard, John Moore, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth round pick.
2:44PM: Tim Wharnsby notes that Dorsett for the season with a fractured clavicle.
2:41PM: Dreger says that Gaborik has agreed to waive his no-trade clause.
2:36PM: Darren Dreger is reporting that the Rangers have traded Marian Gaborik to Columbus, pending he waives his no-trade clause.
Dreger says that the Rangers will get Derick Brassard, Derek Dorset and John Moore.
- Brassard is signed through next season at $3.2 million.
- Derek Dorsett is signed for three more seasons at $1.6 million.
- John Moore is on an entry-level deal for two more seasons.
THIS SECTION has been all about Gaborik being traded.