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by Paul on 04/11/11 at 10:27 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Money doesn’t make the player, and we all understand that. Players don’t sign themselves to contracts, and we all understand that, too.
But there’s a reason a team invests $37.5 million in a player over five years, as the Rangers did with Gaborik when he became a free agent two summers ago, and it’s not just to have the athlete get hat tricks in the winter against Edmonton, Toronto and the Islanders.
This is time for which Gaborik was hired. And if the Rangers are going to pull this off, they will need Gaborik—who who had 22 points (12-10) in 29 playoff games for the Wild but was held to just a single assist in Minnesota’s 2008 six-game first-round defeat by Colorado—to locate his confidence in his shot and in his game. Perhaps they are one and the same.
The Rangers might get by if Gaborik merely holds his own at even strength, but they desperately need him to produce on the power play.
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