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What To Do With Marian Gaborik?

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

It's only been two games since the Olympic break, and Gaborik should be afforded some "up-to-speed" time coming back from two substantial injuries. But not once has Gaborik and his skill set appeared to be a fit with the Blue Jackets' collection for forwards.

The Blue Jackets are 8-10-2 with him in the lineup this season. They're 22-15-3 when he doesn't play.

To be clear: Gaborik seems to genuinely like Columbus and he has used the word "love" to describe how he feels about his teammates. He's not the most charismatic guy in the room, but seems genuinely liked by teammates.

But here's where I think this is going ...

The Blue Jackets have no doubt taken or initiated calls on Gaborik in the weeks leading up to the deadline. The possible return is probably rather underwhelming for a player who has been hurt most of the season and is an unrestricted free agent. So, instead of a paltry return, why not keep Gaborik and see if something, finally, might click with him in the lineup.

more plus Columbus needs and trade options...

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Comments

Hootinani's avatar

Not that Im a Gaborik fan, but maybe try giving him more than 12 minutes a night.  Although that might just rush him towards his next injury, so I guess its lose/lose.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/04/14 at 10:21 AM ET

Primis's avatar

“Columbus Blue Jackets:  We eventually trade away every good player we have.”

Posted by Primis on 03/04/14 at 10:35 AM ET

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