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”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers would only move Gaborik if they could make a “hockey trade” and pick up pieces that would help them now and as they continue to go through the process.
It’s a strange situation for the Rangers that impacts the short and long-term future. Gaborik is a UFA after next year but still a premier goal scorer. I fully expect him to score 30-40 next year, but even if he does, he is still their fourth priority when it comes to re-signing players behind Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.
I think any deal for Gaborik is more likely to happen at the draft/in the offseason than it would be to happen at the deadline.