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The durability of Marian Gaborik

When the Rangers signed Marian Gaborik before the 2009 season, they knew what type of player they were getting. When healthy, Gaborik is an elite scorer in the NHL, with skills that make it almost impossible to defend against him. In eight previous seasons, Gaborik had reached the 30 goal mark five times. He averaged a point per game in four of those seasons. But therein lies the problem, his health.

Gaborik’s groin had always been an issue, dating back to 2001 when he missed three games with that wonky groin. In 2005, Gaborik missed six games with a groin injury. In 2007, it was another 34 games. He missed another three games in 2008 because of his groin, but other injuries (back, hip) caused Gaborik to miss all but 17 games before he signed with the Rangers. In fact, excluding his 2007-2008 season, Gaborik hadn’t played 70 games in a season since his 2002-2003 campaign.

But, the Rangers took the risk, and after a new procedure on his groin (the same one that Alex Rodriguez had done), Gaborik appeared to be a new man. He only missed significant time last season (17 games) when he separated his shoulder. He missed six games with a concussion that year as well, but his other injuries have been of the day-to-day variety (or the freak accident type). In three years with the Rangers, he has missed only one game due to his groin.

Gaborik has been amazingly durable through his first three years as a Ranger, and makes the organization look extremely smart in this risky signing. With a pair of 40 goal seasons already under his belt, Gaborik is the elite scorer the Rangers had desperately needed when Jaromir Jagr left town. And now with Brad Richards in the mix, if Gaborik can remain healthy, he could be one of those rare free agent signings that actually works out.

5 Responses to “The durability of Marian Gaborik”

  1. Matt J says:

    I didnt think many people predicted gabby to get 40 goals this year myself included. Only malkin and stamkos have more goals than him.

    I hope this continues throughout the playoffs. The difference between this year and gabby’s 09-10 season, is for one thing gaborik is scoring more consistently and not potting all his goals in a small timeframe. Not to mention gaborik sort of disappeared goal scoring wise at the end of that year and this years he’s actually picked up his game as the years gone on.

    • wwpd says:

      I feel like there was much early excitement last summer about the infallible combo of Gabby + Richards and a lot of people on this website did predict 40+ goals can’t miss. Credit to you people.

      Let me be the first to say that I was not among them, did not think he would play enough games to do better than about 30. So job well done, rugged slovakian winger Marian Gaborik!

  2. The Suit says:

    Gabbys back to shooting mid-stride again, which only a handful of guys can do in this league and its showing on the score card. I guess all those bums who wanted to see him get traded to LA this past summer can finally RIP.

  3. Walt says:

    The key to Gabby’s success this season is he stayed healthy. I posted earlier in the season that due to the signing of Richards, Gabby would be under less pressure, because the Rangers would have two lines to try and shuit down. Now that Gabby is skating with Richards, we need some additionall scoreing from another line to keep the checking lines off of Gabby’s back.

    • Chris F says:

      Good point. Flyers went pretty hard after Gaborik last night, especially Rinaldo.