I think the Wild were smart to wash their hands of this guy, just think 7.5 million dollars a year and an amazing talent when he is healthy. Emphasis on when Gabby is healthy we laid out his injury report. Gaborik has played in 502 (219 goals - 218 assists - 437 pts)and has missed a significant number of games and I wouldn't recommend having him on your fantasy hockey team.
22-Mar-09 Missed 38 games (hip surgery).
24-Dec-08 Groin, sidelined indefinitely.
17-Dec-08 Missed 27 games (back injury).
16-Oct-08 Back injury, day-to-day.
15-Nov-07 Missed 3 games (groin).
05-Nov-07 Groin, day-to-day.
01-Nov-07 Missed 2 games (groin).
27-Oct-07 Groin, day-to-day.
06-Jan-07 Missed 34 games (groin strain).
02-Jan-07 Groin strain, day-to-day.
21-Oct-06 Groin strain, sidelined indefinitely.
05-Jul-06 Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a three-year contract.
23-Nov-05 Missed 11 games (hip flexor).
25-Oct-05 Hip flexor, sidelined indefinitely.
19-Oct-05 Missed 6 games (groin).
04-Oct-05 Groin, mid-October.
28-Sep-05 Groin, day-to-day.
02-Feb-04 Missed 5 games (hip flexor).
22-Jan-04 Hip flexor, day-to-day.
31-Oct-03 Re-signed by the Minnesota Wild to a multi-year contract.
30-Jun-03 Minnesota Wild tendered a qualifying offer.
17-Dec-02 Missed 1 game (flu).
15-Dec-02 Flu, day-to-day.
28-Dec-01 Missed 3 games (groin).
22-Dec-01 Groin, day-to-day.
07-Oct-01 Missed 1 game (hernia).
01-Oct-01 Hernia, day-to-day.
08-Apr-01 Missed the last 4 games of the regular season (abdominal strain).
02-Apr-01 Abdominal strain, day-to-day.
30-Nov-00 Missed 6 games (left leg injury).
17-Nov-00 Left leg injury, day-to-day.
If I was a member of the Rangers management I might be a little concerned because Gabby is already experiencing tightness in his groin.
Marian Gaborik did not participate in today's scrimmage but he did participate in his squad's practice, taking it somewhat easy in the drills but skating very well in the conditioning laps. The high-scoring right wing, who missed the majority of last season due to hip surgery, said his hip is fine, he's just experiencing tightness in his groin.
Gaborik said he hoped to play in the preseason - though he would not specify how many of the seven games he hoped to play in - but said he would not push himself, preferring to take it "day by day" and said it was very unlikely he would play either tomorrow night against the Bruins or Wednesday night against the Devils.
"It's a little tightness," Gaborik said. "The start of training camps are critical and a lot of times, the first couple of days it's tough skating. I don't want to push too hard, too quick." [Rander Rants]
Cross Posted at Goon's World.