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Los Angeles Kings’ championship rings ‘make a point’

The Los Angeles Kings' Twitter account went to town in terms of teasers on Monday...

And then came the championship ring ceremony retweets, revealing a ring that's both very faithful to the Kings' logo and...Might be classifed as a weapon by the TSA?

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Another Cup On Marian Gaborik’s Mind

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Gaborik made $7.5 million each of the past five seasons. But no one makes that much in L.A. – defenseman Drew Doughty’s average salary is $7 million and center Anze Kopitar’s is $6.8 million – and the Kings also wanted to re-sign defenseman Matt Greene under the salary cap. Gaborik’s average salary will be $4.875 million.

“Let’s face it, he could have made a lot more money if he went out on the market,” Lombardi said. “Here’s the rock star that could have gone out and got a lot more. Obviously that bodes well.”

Why not cash in on success?

“I’ve made enough money in my whole career, so it wasn’t about money,” said Gaborik, whose career earnings total $71.379 million according to capgeek.com. “To get a taste of that Cup, I think that gives you motivation to repeat and to be hungry again.

“That is that motivation – to go back there and to do it with this team and to play in this environment, to play in this state. It’s an awesome mix. I didn’t want to leave.”

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One Goal

A lot of small talk going on these days in the hockey world.

Stories about so and so being traded, so and so not being traded, these teams are talking, these teams are not, etc.

I even saw a story today with this headline, The top 5 NHL players whose names begin with 'B'

In my opinion, the only thing that matters is come mid to late June...

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Marian Gaborik At Home In LA

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Gaborik will now carry a cap hit of just $4.875-million per season. That is Ryane Clowe, Martin Erat and Stephen Weiss territory. Not only is it a manageable number in real time, but it won’t take very long before it lands somewhere around the NHL average with the cap expected to soar past $80-million in the next few years.

Beyond that, the Kings have adopted a win-now mentality and there’s no question that having Gaborik around helps those ambitions. He was reborn after being acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus and is already hooked on the taste of success after winning his first Stanley Cup.

The 32-year-old had seen neighbours Zdeno Chara and Marian Hossa bring the trophy back to Trencin, Slovakia in recent years and now gets his chance to do the same. His summer could also have included an even bigger contract elsewhere, but Gaborik and agent Ron Salcer wrapped up negotiations on this deal before even entertaining offers from other teams.

There is no doubt about where his priorities lie right now.

“The No. 1 thing was winning a Cup and just having a chance year after year,” Gaborik explained on a conference call. “It made a lot of sense for me. I know I could have made more money if I would have gone to UFA, but it wasn’t about money.

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Marian Gaborik Signs A Seven-Year Extension With The Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings – the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions – have signed pending unrestricted free agent Marian Gaborik to a new seven-year deal, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Gaborik tallied a league-leading 14 goals during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Kings, who captured their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons.  Gaborik’s 14 goals were one shy of the Kings single playoff year franchise record set in 1993 by Wayne Gretzky.  Additionally, the 32-year-old native of Trencin, Slovakia, ranked fourth in Stanley Cup Playoffs scoring (22 points), tied for second in Stanley Cup Playoffs power-play goals (3), and tied for third in Stanley Cup Playoffs power-play points (8) while appearing in all 26 Kings postseason games. 

The 2014 Stanley Cup championship was the first career championship for Gaborik, who rebounded from an injury plagued regular season with a postseason full of clutch performances. 

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Report- Marian Gaborik Close To A New Contract With The LA Kings

from TSN,

Marian Gaborik could be staying with the defending Stanley Cup champions next season and beyond. While nothing is done yet, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings and the pending unrestricted free agent are close on a new contract that could get done over the next 48 hours.

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"I think Marian enjoyed, not just the time here, but everything about the experience. I think to continue that is something he would like and the team would like. So I would hope we could come to a meeting of the minds and get that done."

-Ron Salcer, agent for Marian Gaborik, via Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.

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Trying To Keep Marian Gaborik In LA

from Arden Zwelling of Sportsnte,

“With Marian, there’s a little bit of Teemu Selanne there. Selanne, when he finally won [a Stanley Cup]—he went to another level,” Lombardi said. “When you experience something like this, you realize sometimes there’s things more important than stats. So we’re certainly hoping he stays.”

What Lombardi is referring to as being more important than stats is Gaborik’s personality off the ice, where he’s been able to fit in seamlessly with the Kings roster, even living with Carter for a spell when he first came to Los Angeles. Lombardi knows it’s hard to find players who fit in so well so quickly, which is something he places value in.

But in order to keep Gaborik, he may have to say goodbye to Richards, and let go of a player he thinks is also an integral part of that organizational makeup. That decision won’t be easy. But it never is.

“One thing that you learn from the last Cup is, you have to prepare for July 1 in a hurry,” Lombardi said. “Because we know Phoenix is gonna be back. San Jose and Anaheim are great teams. Obviously, there’s Chicago and St. Louis. It’s a war in this conference.”

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Marian Gaborik Trade Paying Off For The Kings

from James A. Conley of Shnarped,

Marian Gaborik made Dean Lombardi and the LA Kings winners of this year’s NHL Trade Deadline.

Now, the Kings are one game away from making Gaborik a champion.

Playing on his third team in two seasons, Gaborik started the year alternating turns between underwhelming play and injuries on an also-ran club in Columbus.

By March, his team was no sure thing to make the playoffs, and Gaborik seemed to be playing out the string on the final year of a six-year contract given up on by his twice-former team.

At 32, he was a declining asset, but one with name cachet.

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The Perfect Role For Marian Gaborik

from Mike Brophy of CBC,

When he skates onto the ice all he needs to do is worry about doing his job. He doesn't have to drive the bus; just don't sit back and be a passenger.

It is the perfect role for Marian Gaborik.

The third overall pick in the 2000 entry draft has enjoyed moments of greatness in the NHL, but there have been equal moments of disappointment as he bounced from team to team.

His natural offensive instincts made him an obvious pick for the expansion Minnesota Wild after the New York Islanders chose goalie Rick DiPietro first and the Atlanta Thrashers took Dany Heatley second. It could be argued the Wild got the best player.

Wild coach Jacques Lemaire did a good job enlightening Gaborik about the defensive side of the game and he became a responsible two-way player. Yet despite scoring 30 or more goals seven times and recording three 40-plus goal seasons, Gaborik has never been considered one of the best players in the NHL. It was as though there was more to give and he just wouldn't do it.

Until now.

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Thomas Vanek Or Marian Gaborik In Minnesota?

from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,

As much as Vanek disappeared for the Canadiens in the playoffs, Gaborik has grabbed the spotlight. Of course, we always have to clarify that by saying "a healthy" Gaborik has grabbed the spotlight. Still, it's fascinating to watch. And Gaborik, too, is about to be a free agent.

There's no question the Kings will make every effort to re-sign him, but Gaborik still will field offers before making his decision. He is 32 years old. Vanek is 30. For the sake of decision, let's look at some numbers.

Vanek is coming off of a seven-year, $50 million contract originally signed with the Buffalo Sabres. He didn't help himself with his playoff performance, but he is still going to command a long-term deal. Gaborik is coming off of a five-year, $37.5 million contract originally signed with the New York Rangers. With his history of injuries, he won't be able to command a long-term deal.

Let's say they end up with similar money on the open market -- I don't know that they will, but we'll assume that -- but Vanek insists on five or six years while Gaborik will take three years or maybe even two. Does that make it more interesting? After all, the Wild have young players coming up through the pipeline. It might be tough to commit that much money for that long.

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Brooks: Thomas Vanek serves as a free agency ‘test case’

The New York Post's Larry Brooks was very busy on Saturday evening, pondering the fates of Brian Boyle and the Rangers' unrestricted and restricted free agents-to-be, as well as positing a thorough set of NHL notes. The main topic of his latter work may be a well-tread-upon (trodden-upon?) subject, but it bears repeating.

On July 1st, we know that Thomas Vanek will earn a boatload of money. What we don't know is how much he's going to earn, nor do we know whether his spectacularly mediocre playoff run with the Montreal Canadiens has changed NHL general managers' minds as to whether Vanek is in fact a game-breaking player, or whether he's the kind of "specialist" player who needs to be placed amidst both a strong supporting cast and a set of doing-the-hard-work-for-him linemates who must pave the way for someone who might not be the natural goal-scoring machine everyone thought he was prior to his trade to the Islanders last December.

Is Vanek worth the investment that somebody is more likely than not to put into someone who either is a game-breaker or is in fact the modern-day Ray Sheppard? Brooks isn't sure:

[There's no] evidence at all the winger is remotely worth the seven-year, $50 million deal he rejected from the Islanders before being sent to Montreal at the deadline. No evidence he is anyone’s missing piece to a playoff puzzle.

And yet, the rule of the NHL market is — or has been: Players don’t pay a price for having underperformed and teams indeed will pay the manufacturer’s sticker price, regardless.

See: Semin, Alex for a prime example. Another: Thornton, Joe.

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Gaborik delivers as Los Angeles defeats Anaheim in Game 1

The Los Angeles Kings blew a pair of one-goal leads against the Anahiem Ducks on Saturday, but Marian Gaborik forced overtime thanks to a goal scored with seven seconds remaining in regulation time...

And then he scored the game-winner 12:07 into OT, giving the Kings a 3-2 win in the opening game of the Freeway Series:

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Marian Gaborik Will Be Just Fine In LA

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“Marian Gaborik is plus 90 in his (NHL) career. He’s been a minus player once and he played on teams that were basically expansion (Minny and Columbus),” said Sutter, who saw lots of Gaborik in Minnesota and isn’t what he looks like–a don’t-take-chances coach, even if the Kings can protect a lead better than almost anybody in the business.

“Marian’s played in two conference finals (Minnesota and Rangers). Not many guys can say that. He really skates and thinks the game good…he’s not unlike a lot of our players when you look at it. He’ll fit in good because he’s a smart player…we’ll let him play.”

“Jacques (Lemaire) liked Marian because he’s a smart player.”

“Biggest adjustment for Marian is coming back to the Western Conference.”

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It Appears Gaborik To LA Kings Is A Done Deal

added 10:54am,

 

added 1:19pm, McKenzie says Columbus will pay large chunk of salary..

 

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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.

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Are The Blue Jackets Planning To Keep Marian Gaborik This Season?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

With one week to go before the NHL trade deadline, signs point to the Blue Jackets treating right wing Marian Gaborik like their own late-season acquisition, not like trade bait.

Gaborik said he expects to be medically cleared today before the Blue Jackets travel to New Jersey. The Jackets end a 19-day Olympic break when they play the Devils on Thursday at the Prudential Center.

There have been no contract talks between general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer, which typically is a sign that a pending unrestricted free agent, like Gaborik, is soon headed out of town. Although Kekalainen might still trade Gaborik, 32, he suggested strongly that he views Gaborik as the kind of highly skilled threat that his working-class team needs.

“I still don’t think we’ve seen the Marian Gaborik who can score big goals, and what he can mean to our power play, how he can create so much space for other guys on the ice,” Kekalainen said. “If he can play at the top of his game and bring that every night, he could be exactly what this team needs the rest of the way.

“He hasn’t lost the ability to score goals. He has been hurt; it has been unfortunate. But he’s still the same guy who scored all those goals. He’s not old. He’s worked his (butt) off to get back into our lineup.”

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Marian Gaborik Will Not Play In Sochi

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik, who in January was named to Slovakia’s 25-man roster for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, has not been medically cleared to participate and will miss the games due to a broken collarbone suffered vs. the Philadelphia Flyers on December 21.

“Marian has worked extremely hard and done everything possible to rehabilitate his injury and return to the ice with the hope of representing his country in Sochi,” said Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen.  “We share his deep disappointment that he will not be able to do so, but are optimistic that he will be fully recovered very soon.”

“I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team,” said Gaborik.  “I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future.”

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Gaborik Out With Broken Collarbone

Gaborik returned tonight from injury, but...

 

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Columbus Activates Gaborik And Wisniewski

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  Both players are expected to return to action when Columbus hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Nationwide Arena. 

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With Gaborik Out Of The Lineup, The Blue Jackets Have Played A More North/South Game

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

“Our game has taken a more direct rout,” Richards said. “I don’t know if it’s been because (Marian’s) been out. We’ve done a lot of growing, I think, as a team, and it just happened that he was injured. I don’t know if that’s the reason why.”

The Blue Jackets have found success the past two years as a dump-and-chase club with a strong forecheck.

The words dump and chase are not in Gaborik’s vocabulary. One of the most explosive skaters in the NHL, he likes to carry the puck through the neutral zone and use his speed — the threat of getting behind the opposing defense — to create space for himself and others.

With Gaborik in the lineup, the Blue Jackets have often looked out of sorts. Not just because of Gaborik and his play, but with other players trying to incorporate Gaborik, often seeming to defer to him.

“You can see (that without Gaborik in the lineup), there’s more of a thought process of (getting) the puck deep, forechecking and playing hard that way,” Richards said, “instead of a skill set through the neutral zone and trying to carry it in and make plays.”

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Gaborik Out Up To Four (Now Six) Weeks With Knee Sprain

added 4:48pm, or...

 

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Where’s Gaborik’s Game?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The supersonic speed that once defined Gaborik’s game is missing. The snap wrist shot that once wowed crowds is now rarely unleashed. Outside of the power play, the scoring chances have all but disappeared.

Where did they go?

“That’s what we’re trying to find out,” coach Todd Richards said. “I think he’s trying to find that out about himself, too.He’s one guy we have to get more game out of, and I’m not just talking offensively. There’s more to him and his game, and we need to find it.”

Gaborik has gone seven games without a goal as the Blue Jackets prepare to play tonight at the Boston Bruins. His slump coincides with the Blue Jackets’ 1-5-1 plunge into a last-place tie with the Philadelphia Flyers in the Metropolitan Division.

“It’s not the easiest thing,” Gaborik said. “I’m trying to stay with it, trying to do some other things out there. I have to try to get more; keep plugging away. We’ve been moving forward the last couple of games. I feel better out there, too, so maybe it’s coming for me, too.”

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More Needed From Gaborik Before Talking Contract

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

There have been no talks about a contract extension between the Blue Jackets and right wing Marian Gaborik, and there seems to be no urgency on either side to strike a deal. Gaborik, who would be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, said he hasn’t given his contract status much thought....

But what Kekalainen wants from Gaborik doesn’t show up in the stats. “He could be the driving force of the team,” Kekalainen said. “I’d like to see him taking charge, driving the team with his example — not only with the points but with everything else he does. “He’s at the point in his career where he could take the next step in that area. He’s proven he can score points, score goals. I want to believe that even a 30-year-old or a 35-year-old player can get better, and that’s one area that I want to see more from him.”

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Abdominal Surgery For Gaborik

via the Columbus Blue Jackets website,

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik has an abdominal injury that will require surgery and a recovery period of three to four weeks, the club announced today. Due to the injury, Gaborik will be unable to represent Slovakia at the upcoming IIHF World Championships.

“Marian experienced some soreness towards the end of the season and after undergoing his exit physical and further examination today, it was decided that surgery is the best option for a quick and full recovery,” said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. “Marian will have the surgery and after a three to four week recovery period will be able to resume off-season training.”

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The Blue Jackets Now Have Some Offense

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

On Wednesday, the New York Rangers sent right-winger Gaborik — who had to shift to left wing this season because Nash arrived on the scene on the No. 1 line — to the Blue Jackets.

OK, Rangers GM Glen Sather got tough winger Derek Dorsett (a possible captain to replace Nash), out for the season with a busted collarbone, defenceman John Moore (a former first-round draftpick ) and centre Derick Brassard (another suspect first-round pick from the past) for the unhappy Gaborik.

Gaborik didn’t like playing left wing. In Columbus, he’ll play wherever and with whomever he wants. He had to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Jackets, with the clock ticking on the deal. Maybe if the Jackets were as bad as last year (30th in points), he might have declined. But, the Jackets are the feel-good story of the season, in the playoff hunt, with virtually no offence. “Gaborik’s an explosive player,” said Jackets’ GM Jarmo Kekalainen, who had said that one of his three first-round picks in June (LA’s for Jeff Carter) was in play for a big trade. In the end, he’s kept all three first-rounders. His own, LA and the Rangers (Nash).

This is a coup for the Blue Jackets, who have been bottom-feeders for so long but suddenly find themselves in a playoff race, actually playing better than Nash’s Rangers.

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Gaborik May Be A Blue Jacket

added 2:38pm,

 

added 2:40pm,

Dreger on TSN says Gaborik has agreed to the trade, now paper work has to go through.

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Trying To Get Marian Gaborik Out Of His Funk

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

John Tortorella hasn’t given up on Marian Gaborik.

If he had, the Rangers coach wouldn’t have engaged his veteran winger in a 12-minute, on-ice conversation at the end of practice Friday at the Ice House at Carleton University in Ottawa in full view of teammates.

Still, Tortorella had Gaborik – a $7.5 million forward with one goal in his last 11 games and none in 27 of 33 games – skating on the fourth line with Taylor Pyatt and Kris Newbury ahead of Saturday night’s showdown with the second-seeded Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, where the Rangers haven’t won in four years.

“We had a good conversation, but that’s it,” Gaborik, 31, said Friday. “That’s all I’m going to say. I just have to be better. I have to try to get out of this funk. It’s a frustrating time, of course. I want to contribute. I want to be better.”

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No Compassion For Gaborik

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So who exactly is being disrespectful to Rangers players, the writer who suggests a game plan based primarily on blocking shots and packing the defensive zone might not be broad enough to win the Stanley Cup, or the coach on his way to the summer who takes a verbal swipe at a player he knew to have played the final two rounds of the playoffs with a substantial injury?

Marian Gaborik, who first revealed his condition during a press conference in Slovakia before the Rangers confirmed it yesterday morning, will undergo surgery next Wednesday in New York to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, an injury he either sustained early in the first round of the playoffs against Ottawa….

It was an injury that obviously diminished Gaborik’s capacity to compete as the Rangers progressed through the tournament, but one to which coach John Tortorella made not even a passing reference on Monday’s breakup day while stating that the team’s best players hadn’t played well enough in the six-game conference finals defeat to the Devils and then chose to ignore during a radio interview on Wednesday while critiquing/criticizing Gaborik’s effort against New Jersey.

“Gabby ... still has to learn, I believe, along with a number of our guys ... that when you get to the conference finals — and Gabby wasn’t bad in the first two rounds — as it ratchets up and there are four teams left, you have to get it to another level, and I don’t think he was able to,” Tortorella said on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio.

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Rangers Could Lose Gaborik For Six Months Due To Rotator Cuff Surgery

via NHL.com,

New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik reportedly has to undergo rotator cuff surgery and will be out for up to six months, meaning he will likely not be able to start the 2012-13 NHL season.

Gaborik was asked earlier this week at Rangers breakup day in Greenburgh, N.Y. if he needed any surgery to get anything cleaned up. He didn’t want to talk about it then, but he informed the Slovakian newspaper SME that he needs to have the surgery after playing through the injury for nearly two months.

He reportedly had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed the damage.

Gaborik was clearly not himself in the playoffs as he was limited to only 11 points in 20 games after putting up 41 goals and 76 points in 82 regular-season games.

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Gaborik Joins OT Heroes

from Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post,

Hockey fans don’t need much in the way of reference points; surnames will do just fine. There isn’t a Rangers fan who was alive on the evening of May 27, 1994, who needs anything other than the word “Matteau” to summon time, place, who they were with, what they were drinking, what they were screaming.

Go back a few years. If you’re old enough to remember the night of April 29, 1971, then all you need is the word “Stemkowski,” and you know: where, when, with who. Forty-one years later there are still Rangers fans who can recite, as if it were part of the Baltimore Catechism, the details of that goal, 1:29 into the third overtime, salvaging Game 6 against the Chicago BlackHawks.

Now, onto that shelf, we place Marian Gaborik.

Now, into the Rangers’ pantheon of forever moments, we add another architect, we add another moment, we add this goal at 12:15 this morning after 114 minutes and 41 seconds of tortured, torturous, terrific hockey, a war of attrition you started to think might take us all the way to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. face-off for Game 4.

“It’s a game of wills,” Gaborik would say after scoring his first goal since Game 1 against the Senators, after willing a puck past Braden Holtby and delivering a 2-1, triple-overtime victory for the Rangers and a 2-1 advantage in these best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Gaborik Ends Marathon OT Game

Marian Gaborik scored at the 14:41 mark of 3OT giving the Rangers a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

The Rangers lead the series 2-1 and took the home ice advantage away from the Caps.

Both teams had numerous chances to win the game in OT, but a lot of clanks were heard throughout the arena.

Dennis Wideman lead the Caps in TOI with 40:42 and for the Rangers it was Ryan Mcdonagh with a whopping 53:17.

added 12:35am, watch the Gaborik goal below… first video is the NBCSN broadcast and the 2nd video is the CBC broadcast…

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Will Gaborik Show Up Tonight?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There will be no more time and no more space for Rangers forward Marian Gaborik in tonight’s Game 7 against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden than there have been in the first six games of this opening-round series, during which the Senators essentially have eliminated the world-class scorer as a factor.

And there will be no more time at all for Gaborik and the Rangers if they are unable to survive potential playoff elimination for the second time in four days.

No one need tell that to Gaborik, who has gone five straight without a goal since scoring in Game 1, just as no one need tell Gaborik what is expected of him tonight.

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Bad Goal Hurts Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was having a terrific game Sunday until he allowed a brutal wraparound goal to Marian Gaborik, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 5.1 seconds left in the second period.

Bryz said the puck took a “funny bounce” off his stick and that it was like “somebody sucking the puck with a vacuum behind the net.”

more on the Flyers and watch the Gaborik goal. Score tied 1-1, 6 seconds left in the 2nd period and now the Flyers must go into the dressing room down by 1.  They did lose the game 5-2.

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Video- Marian Gaborik Can Win It In Overtime…

... but Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith stops him on a penalty shot.  A great save no doubt but the Rangers did win in the shootout.

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Will Gaborik & Richards Click?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

For the first time since Wayne Gretzky’s first year on Broadway in 1996-97, the Rangers have an elite play-making pivot. And while it would be an overstatement to suggest the Blueshirts decided to pay Richards $90 million as a free agent simply to form a partnership with Gaborik, it would be a gross understatement to suggest that the 31-year-old Slovak’s plight and needs weren’t significant factors in the signing.

“I respect all the players I’ve been with but I am very excited to get the chance to play with Richie,” Gaborik told The Post by phone yesterday. “I’ve watched him play throughout his career and always admired his game; the way he sees the ice, the way he moves the puck, the way he makes his teammates better.

“If I’m with Richie, it’s going to be very exciting. You can never say how much time it might take to develop chemistry, you need to spend time together away from the ice and develop trust in each other, but I’m really looking forward to getting out there with him.”

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Rangers Could Use Some Gaborik Goals

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com, In a series where scoring has been at a premium, the lack of production from the six-time 30-goal scorer who had 42 goals last season is hurting a team that already has a hard time consistently getting three goals in a game. Gaborik’s few chances have been from dangerous areas, but he hasn’t been able to solve Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

“If it was, it’d be in the net,” Gaborik said when asked if his shot is where he wants it to be. “In that crucial time, I just have to bear down. Maybe, I’m squeezing the stick too hard. I just have to keep shooting.”

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Gaborik’s Time

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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Handling Gaborik

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There’s been a push and pull all year and it hasn’t worked.

John Tortorella, the coach, has publicly (and assuredly more pointedly behind closed doors) attempted to prod Marian Gaborik into becoming a card-carrying member of the Black-and-Blueshirts’ shot-blocking wall-battlers.

And here he is, this world-class scorer, not only sitting on the essentially unbelievable total of 18 goals in 49 games, but also having scored even more unbelievably in only 11 games all year.

And there Gaborik has been on the fourth line in his first two games back after a six-game, concussion-induced absence, an afterthought at even strength while coach John Tortorella has remained married to three other line combinations he prefers to send out in any number of situations even though the Rangers haven’t fared especially well with these alignments.

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Gaborik Unsure Of His Status

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When Marian Gaborik said he didn’t know if he would be able to play tonight in Ottawa despite having headaches yesterday morning, the Rangers winger was talking like a man with a brain injury.

“He still has symptoms,” John Tortorella said when asked if Gaborik might be in the lineup.

Yet, Gaborik accompanied the Rangers on the charter flight to Canada’s capital following the team’s 3-1 loss to the Wild at the Garden.

Yet, the Rangers are not having a morning skate.

Yet, neither the coach nor anyone else testified that Gaborik definitely would not play, so, as strange as it seems, and especially regarding an organization that historically has been conservative with concussion victims, who really knows?

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Report- Gaborik May Have A Concussion

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Marian Gaborik, who did not accompany the Rangers here after being diagnosed with a concussion on Sunday, will be examined by a specialist in Manhattan at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

While the Rangers remain uncertain exactly how the winger suffered the injury, The Post has learned that Gaborik has told teammates and management he believed it occurred a week ago Sunday, Feb. 13, during the Blueshirts’ match at the Garden against Pittsburgh on a hit from Brooks Orpik.

The official game sheet has two Orpik hits on Gaborik recorded, one at 14:45 of the second period and the other 1:42 into the third. Gaborik took a hard hit 5:29 into that match from Tim Wallace that drew a response from Brandon Prust.

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Video- Gaborik With Four

Gaborik can at times carry his team for a week or two and there is no better time for him to get hot.

Will the four goals he scored last night start a hot streak for him?

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Rangers Could Use Goals From Gaborik

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are the fourth-highest scoring team in the conference as they head into today’s showdown with the Eastern leading Flyers, the Blueshirts’ production of 3.0 goals per game (discounting shootout winners) exceeded by only Philadelphia (3.39), Pittsburgh (3.09) and Tampa Bay (3.06).

That’s surprising enough on its face, but it’s almost a shock given the relatively quiet start of the face of the offense, Marian Gaborik, who does have nine goals in his 21 games, but has scored in just five of those matches, with hat tricks in two.

Some of that, as coach John Tortorella has taken to reminding the press on an almost daily basis, is on Gaborik, who doesn’t seem to be finding holes and open ice to the same degree he did last year. Last season, he scored in 28 of his first 57 games and 34 of 76 overall en route to 42 goals, fifth in the NHL.

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Gaborik Returns To Minnesota

from Jim Cerny of NewYorkRangers.com,

Many, including Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck, have said that, despite all of his success in Minnesota, Gaborik will be booed this evening.

“I can’t control how they are going to act,” Gaborik said of the Wild fans. “Hopefully it’s going to be pleasant. I think I’ve done a lot of good things there and had good success as an expansion team, so hopefully it’s going to be positive.”

Gaborik’s current teammate in New York, as well as former teammates in Minnesota, Derek Boogaard, hopes that Gaborik receives the warm response he feels he deserves.

“He put in a lot of good years for that organization and he did a lot of good things there, so if anything it should be all positive,” said Boogaard.

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John Erskine: Pugilist, Sniper, Mustachioed Warrior

Forget Darryl Sittler’s 10-point performance of 30 some-odd years ago…

I believe it is entirely possible that Washington’s John Erskine may have had the greatest hockey game in the history of the planet last night.

No, his stat line won’t wow you but this game-winner against Atlanta was just icing on top of a cake that already included layers of an epic scrap with Eric Boulton and the all kinds of awesomeness that is the Erskine ‘stache.

Take in the fight, please:

 

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Gaborik & Drury Leave Game Tonight

from TSN,

The injury bug took a big bite out of the New York Rangers Friday night as both Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury have left the game with injuries.

Gaborik suffered a shoulder injury in the second period in a collision with Maple Leafs’ forward Colby Armstrong.  Armstrong received a boarding minor on the play and Gaborik remained on the ice for the ensuing power play.  Later, Gaborik was seen grimacing on the Rangers bench before heading to the team’s dressing room.

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added 9:15pm, Darren Dreger tweet,

Broken finger for Drury is the early assessment. Not sure if its the same finger he injured in the preseason

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added 9:27pm, Video of Gaborik injury is below…

added 10:28pm, Multiple reports, Gaborik out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury and Drury out 6 weeks with the broken finger.

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The State of Hockey in Slovakia

Despite tempered expectations, Slovakia garnered a fourth place finish at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In spite of an aging core roster of players, Slovakia was able to retain it’s Elite Seven status, while upsetting the number one ranked team; Russia, and eliminating the number three ranked team and defending Olympic Gold Medalists; Sweden.

Since the split of Czechoslovakia into two distinct nation states in 1993, Slovakia slowly saw their stock on the ice rise, culminating in a IIHF World Championship in 2002. However, since then the Slovaks have found themselves in a similar quandary that Team USA did for the better part of the last decade; the increasing age of their elite players and management’s inability to find suitable replacements for the old guard. However, unlike the States, Slovakia does not have the depth of coaching and player development programs which has spawned a new generation of talent Stateside.

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Gaborik Needs To Show Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Where’s Gabby?

It’s difficult to know what is more troubling, that Marian Gaborik played poorly enough (again) to merit benching for the final 8:15 of the second period in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto on Saturday night, or that coach John Tortorella believed that benching the team’s lone marquee forward was the only way to jump-start him.

Seriously, with all of the issues the Rangers must surmount over the final seven games that after a season of good health now include knee injuries to top-six forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery, the most perplexing is Gaborik’s recent penchant for disappearing at both ends of the ice for shifts at a time.

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Gaborik Still Sidelined

from John Dellapina at NHL.com,

As if Slovakia didn’t have enough on its Olympic plate what with assignment to the toughest Group and a bracing opening game against arch-rival Czech Republic on Wednesday, it now appears as if goal-scoring machine Marian Gaborik won’t suit up until the Saturday’s round-robin finale against Latvia.

According to Slovakian team doctor Dalimir Jancovic, Gaborik still has significant weakness in his right leg and difficulty fully flexing his knee one week after a collision in practice with New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist left him with a deep skate gash to his lower thigh.

“I think he needs without training three days still,” Jancovic told NHL.com.

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