by Patrick Hoffman on 06/01/12 at 11:07 PM ET
That’s right folks. New York Rangers’ forward Marian Gaborik has “finally” gotten significantly injured as a member of the Blueshirts as we all found out today that he will need to have surgery on his rotator cuff and could miss up to six months.
This might explain why Gaborik struggled during the postseason this year. Gaborik admitted that he got hurt in Game 3 of the first round of the Ottawa Senators but he just tried to take care of it and play through it.
“I think it was Game 3 [vs. Ottawa],” he said when asked if he knew when the injury occurred. “I went into the boards behind the net shoulder-first. I think it was Game 3 or Game 4. I just tried to take care of it as much as I could.
“I don’t try to think about it. I try to play according to the situation. I don’t want to make excuses.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, this means that they will be without their 41-goal-scorer until at least sometime in December. For a team that struggled to score goals during the regular season this past year, this could end up hurting the the team a bit, even though Gaborik said he is going to try and return as soon as he can.
With Gaborik’s injury, the team HAS to put getting a goal scorer as their top priority on their to-do list this off-season. The team will more than likely go after New Jersey Devils’ UFA Zach Parise and may even get themselves back into the race for Columbus Blue Jackets’ sniper Rick Nash.
It will be interesting to see what the Blueshirts do to make their offense better. If the team wants to be a serious Cup contender next season and get their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist the Stanley Cup he deserves, getting a goal scorer needs to happen.
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