Buzz: Multiple Teams Have Called The Rangers About Marian Gaborik

On TSN, Darren Dreger reported that multiple teams have called the Rangers to express “some level of interest” or find out what it would cost to get Marian Gaborik.

Dreger says that the Rangers remind anyone who asks about Gaborik that he has scored at least 30 goals in seven different seasons in his NHL career.

Dreger says that the Rangers want a top-four defenseman and a top-nine forward who has a different element, “some grit.”

He adds “they have enough scoring power, or at least they thought they did, so Gaborik most definitely could be in play.”

Poll: Will Marian Gaborik Be With The Rangers Next Season

In a chat at ESPN.com, Katie Strang wrote, “I definitely think they should try to trade Gabork if they can find the right deal. Seems crazy to say about a two-time 40-goal scorer but too often he is inconsistent and/or completely invisible”

THIS SECTION has followed the Gaborik rumors.

Read: The Rangers Are Using Their TOP Line Again

Today at practice, Rick Nash skated with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik and it looks like the trio will be together consistently for the first time since early February.

Nash told the Daily News that he feels the three of them started to have some success when they were together early in the season, but the key for that line is to be responsible defensively.

Adam Rotter:This is a move that makes sense to not only try and get the Rangers out of their scoring funk, but also to bring all three players, especially Gaborik and Richards, out of their individual funks. Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan have been the Rangers best two forwards lately and with Carl Hagelin can provide a good second line. The Rangers are at a place where they kind of need to go “all-in” and putting Nash, Gaborik and Richards together is an “all-in” move.

Buzz: The Rangers Are Trying To Trade Marian Gaborik By The Deadline

According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers are attempting to trade Marian Gaborik by the April 3rd trade deadline.

Brooks says that Gaborik has provided the Rangers with a list of ten teams of which he will not accept a trade.

He adds that it will be tough to trade Gaborik with his cap hit of $7.5 million through next season and since the Rangers will need value for Gaborik.

THIS SECTION has been following the buzz around Gaborik being traded.

Buzz: The Latest On The Marian Gaborik Situation

Marian Gaborik Broadway HatOn CBC, Elliotte Friedman says taht the Rangers have a list of ten teams that Marian Gaborik would accept a trade to.

He says that the Rangers spoke with the Canucks and Gaborik was a topic, but there wasn’t a match between the two teams.

Friedman says that some teams think the Rangers may have to eat some of Gaborik’s salary to trade him. That is not something that Friedman thinks the Rangers are willing to do.

Friedman said, once again, that the Rangers will only trade Gaborik to recoup the depth that they lost in the offseason.

PJ Stock says that one of the issues with Gaborik is that John Tortorella is criticizing him too much.

Buzz: Is Marian Gaborik Available/Is He Untradeable? What The Rangers Want

Last night on TSN’s Insider Trading segment, James Duthie asked Pierre LeBrun if the Rangers have had enough of Marian Gaborik.

LeBrun responded, “it was put to me this way by a couple of sources, I don’t think the Rangers are calling every team in the league and shopping Marian Gaborik, however, if they can get what they are looking for and use Gaborik to do it, they will.”

He added, “so he is available in my book. They are looking for a couple of bottom six forwards that can add more grit, maybe they should have kept Brandon Prust last summer. They are also looking for a top four defenseman who is a right handed shot. Those are a lot of things they are trying to get before April 3rd. Gaborik has one more year left on his deal at $7.5 million and that is a steep price.”

Bob McKenzie then said “I wouldn’t go so far to say that Gaborik is an untradeable player, but that is a big ticket for a guy who is not firing on all cylinders. If he was firing on all cylinders the Rangers probably wouldn’t want to get rid of him.”

THIS SECTION is all about a possible Gaborik trade.

Buzz: The Rangers Have A List Of Eight Teams That Marian Gaborik Would Accept a Trade To/He Won’t Ask For A Trade

According to Craig Custance at ESPN Insider, Marian Gaborik’s no-trade clause allows him to designate eight teams that he would accept a trade to.

That list is submitted before the season starts and it was before this season as well.

Gaborik has one more year left on his deal and his agent, Tobin Wright, told Custance that Gaborik is a “team guy” and won’t ask for a trade.

Custance spoke with a GM who said that if the Rangers find a trading partner for Gaborik, it will be tough, the Rangers should expect to take on some salary in return. The GM says that a trade including Gaborik could include another high priced player coming back in return.

There have been rumblings about the Rangers potentially looking to move Gaborik.

Read: Marian Gaborik Has Only Scored Against Three Teams This Season/Has One Goal On The Road

Marian Gaborik has eight goals this season but has only scored against three teams.

In the third game of the season, Gaborik had a Hat Trick against the Boston Bruins and two games later Gaborik had two goals against the Maple Leafs.

Since the game against the Maple Leafs on 1/26, Gaborik has scored three goals and they have come in three separate games against the Islanders.

Gaborik’s goals have come on 2/7, 2/14 and 3/7.

He only has one goal and two assists in ten road games this season.

Last night against the Sabres, Gaborik was a minus two, played 14:56 and had three shots on goal.

The NY Post described Gaborik’s three shots as “entirely forgettable.”

Gaborik told the paper that he needs to play better, bring more consistency and work hard so that pucks start going into the net.

In the third period he was moved off the Rangers second line and onto a line with Brian Boyle and JT Miller.

On that move, Gaborik told Ranger Rants that it’s up to John Tortorella to decide who plays where and the lines only change when guys need to step up and play better.

At Rangers Report, Carp writes of Gaborik “I don’t even know what to say anymore. Guy has a couple of chances every game. Doesn’t do much else. Disappears. Gets too much blame where others don’t, obviously. Needs to be a lot better.”

Read: The Monkey Came Off Of Marian Gaborik’s Back

Last night, Marian Gaborik scored his first goal since 2/14, also against the Islanders, and won the game for the Rangers in OT.

In his post game interview with John Giannone on MSG, Gaborik said that he felt a boost of confidence scoring that goal and that “the monkey” came off his back a little bit.

Rick Nash said of Gaborik, “It’s a huge goal. He has one of the best shots in the league, quick release. It’s a big goal at a big time and it’s what we needed.”

Ron Duguay and Joe Micheletti spoke of how Gaborik looked better and had “more life” to his game.

Dave Maloney said that Gaborik has been “invigorated” by playing on a line with Ryan Callahan and JT Miller.

Henrik Lundqvist talked about how big players step up in key moments and that scoring goals is Gaborik’s “thing.” He added that he is “glad that he did.”



Adam Rotter:
The important thing is for Gaborik to score a goal against a team that isn’t the Islanders. The last time he did that it was 1/26 and the Rangers really need him to get going as they look to improve upon their place in the standings.

 

Note: Marian Gaborik Has Been Better/Always Seems To Score Against The Isles

Over his last two games, Marian Gaborik has three assists and five shots on goal.

He has four assists in his last four games but prior to that he was scoreless in four straight games.

Gaborik last scored a goal on 2/14 against the Islanders. His previous goal, before 2/14, was on 2/7 and was also against the Islanders.

Gaborik’s last non-Islanders goal came on 1/26 against Toronto.

In 29 career games against the Islanders, Gaborik has 21 goals and 15 assists.