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.

Buzz: The Only Way The Rangers Move Marian Gaborik

At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that the only way the Rangers would trade Marian Gaborik would be if they could really improve their team and overall depth.

Friedman says that Gaborik “might (and that’s the key word: might)” be available because he could provide a return that would solidify the Rangers.

He adds “the only way New York does anything with him is if the move really improves the team.”
The idea of moving Gaborik was brought up over the weekend.

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.

Buzz: Are The Rangers Thinking About Moving Marian Gaborik?

According to Bruce Garrioch, in the Ottawa Sun, Glen Sather is not happy with the Rangers inconsistent play so far this season and he is trying to do something that would shake up the team.

Something that isn’t an option, according to Garrioch, is firing coach John Tortorella, but he does note that Sather is considering moving Marian Gaborik who is a UFA after next season.

Garrioch says that in addition to more grit, the Rangers are also one of many teams looking for a defenseman as well.

Gaborik has a no-trade clause.

Adam Rotter: I am as big a fan of Gaborik as you can be, but when you look down the lineup and search for pieces that could bring back what the Rangers are missing, he seems to be the only one. With a lower cap coming, and nearly everyone’s contract coming due over the next two years, it’s hard to see how Gaborik fits into the long-term plan, especially with the money he will likely ask for.

The thing is, I can see Gaborik going for 40 goals next season easily and playing as well as he did last year. While the Rangers would certainly like to have that on their team, it’s probably better to let him do that for another team and have that team decide how much to give him in a new contract.

I don’t know if the Rangers will move Gaborik by the deadline, but I could definitely see a move at the draft where the Rangers pick up a defenseman and a top nine winger that essentially replaces Brandon Dubinsky at hopefully half the cost.

In terms of the return on Gaborik, or any other star player, Glen Sather has always said that never as high as the fans think it should be and “it’s the best you can do at the time.”

Stats: Marian Gaborik’s February Wasn’t That Great

In 12 February games, Marian Gaborik had two goals and two assists, was a minus five, and averaged 18:38 per game.

In his first six February games, Gaborik had two goals and an assist, but he has just one point, an assist, in his past six games and his shot totals have been:

  • 2/17:  6 (16:00)
  • 2/19: 1 (20:28)
  • 2/21: 7 (25:08)
  • 2/23: 0 (11:03)
  • 2/26: 3 (19:36)
  • 2/28: 3 (14:12)

He skated on Thursday with JT Miller and Brian Boyle.

Last season in February, Gaborik had four goals and eight assists for 12 points. He had 20 points in 17 games in March.

John Tortorella spent part of the month talking about what he wanted to see from Gaborik and how he wants him to play.

11 of Gaborik’s 12 points have come at Madison Square Garden this season.

Tortorella spoke early in the season about how he thought Gaborik was maturing as a player.

Adam Rotter: Gaborik was around the net a lot last night and did some nice work with JT Miller and Brian Boyle. Around the net is where he needs to be and it’s where he has scored his goals over the past couple of years. If Miller and Boyle are on their game, they will control the puck down low and that should open up Gaborik in front for more chances.

Read: What John Tortorella Wants To See From Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik Broadway HatOn a radio appearance earlier in the week, John Tortorella said that he thought Marian Gaborik was struggling because he wasn’t skating and wanted him to look at what Carl Hagelin was doing.

Before Gaborik scored against the Islanders on Thursday, Tortorella expanded on that thought in the Daily News saying that skating is a huge part of Gaborik’s game, “you look at Hagelin and he creates havoc with his legs. I just don’t understand why Gabby can’t do that. I know they’re a little bit different type players: Gabby is a little bit more finesse with the puck and sometimes Hags is better without the puck, he just chases it down, I understand that. But Gabby needs to bring that into his game. And he will. He will. We’ve talked about it, I think Gabby gets a little inconsistent, where he gets a little too far ahead in his game and then he can’t use his speed because he has no ice to play on. We need to rectify that. We just need to get more consistency out of him game-to-game. He can’t have a really good game and then fall off the map for two or three and that’s what we’re trying to remedy here.”

Gaborik played 20:21 on Thursday and had a goal and an assist with three shots on goal. He played just over 18 minutes in regulation and then 1:23 in OT.

On the MSG pre game show, Gaborik’s linemate on Thursday, Ryan Callahan said that Gaborik can get himself going “He is the type of guy who can get himself going. He doesn’t need players around him to do that. I just want to go in there, get pucks and get to the net.”

Gaborik only has two goals in his last eight games and both came against the Islanders. He has 25 shots in that time.

Read: John Tortorella Wants Marian Gaborik To Watch Carl Hagelin

In his first five games this season, Marian Gaborik had five goals and eight points.

Gaborik only has one point, a goal, in his last seven games while taking 23 shots. Gaborik has also played under 19 minutes in the last three games and is now averaging 19:42 per game.

In seven games at MSG this season, Gaborik has eight of his nine points including all six goals. Three of Gaborik’s goals have broken ties and he has three game winning goals.

Yesterday on The Michael Kay Show, John Tortorella was praising Carl Hagelin and the amount of offense he has been creating and said that Gaborik should look at how Hagelin has been playing, “I think Gabby is struggling a little bit because he isn’t skating. I think Gabby should look at Hags and think ‘that is what I should be doing.” Hags has done some really good things for us.”

Last week, prior to Gaborik scoring in the Rangers win over the Islanders, John Tortorella said that Gaborik was someone who Tortorella thought about benching. Tortorella said that he benched Brian Boyle because the other guys who he wanted to bench have an opportunity to add more to the team on a game by game basis and create offense.

Adam Rotter: Gaborik hasn’t been able to do much since the big line, with Rick Nash and Brad Richards, broke up. It was only a couple of weeks ago when Tortorella was praising Gaborik for becoming a better player, but beyond a few sporadic chances, his game hasn’t been very consistent lately. He seems to love playing the Islanders so he may have a big game tonight, but the Rangers need him and Brad Richards to get their games on track.