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.