Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Less than two years removed from his second 40-goal season in New York, Marian Gaborik now resides with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is mired in a seven-game goal less drought and the organization may look to move on from him at the Trade Deadline or perhaps even sooner.
Oof. A hard fall from grace, indeed.
But, as Rangers fans are acutely aware, we've seen this from Gaborik before. Perimeter play, invisibility and then, like a firecracker, the Slovakian can go on a relentless tear and score in bunches. Is that what's going to happen in Columbus with Gabby, or are they witnessing the decline of a once great sniper?
Beat writer Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch spoke with head coach Todd Richards about what has happened to Gaborik:
“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 spoke about his struggles as well:
“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."
A pretty strong admission by Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was that he won’t initiate talks on an extension with Gaborik, who can become a UFA after the season, until he sees more from him in terms of leadership on and off the ice.
- That Gaborik trade last year keeps looking better and better, doesn't it? At the time it was a desperation move by the Blueshirts to infuse some much needed depth for a playoff run. It was also a long-term cap move, as well. A tough move to make considering Gaborik could score on Broadway, but as it has turned out, a necessary move.
- If the Jackets would love to exchange a headache for a headache, Benoit Pouliot is more than available to you.
- It's tough to read about about Gabby struggling in Columbus. Hopefully he can turn it around because, despite his disappearing acts, he was a good player and a good person during his time in New York.
yea i mean brassards terrible moores been a healthy scratch and dorsetts a punching bag. you can talk about gaboriks struggles and every so slightly leave out the fact that the cbj are terrible and im alsmot positive he doesnt want to be there.the gaborik trade made zero sense once torts was fired. and with the style of hockey av plays gaborik would of been a gigantic contributor bottom line is if gaborik was still in ny we wouldnt be seeing the trouble we see in goal scoring thats for sure and with the emergence of krieder and zuccarello gabroik gives the team tons of convidence and scoring when you trade your only scorer for depth you see this result every time terrible trade absolutely terrible
Let's see, float around the ice aimlessly waiting for a pass, and then take a wrist shot from the top of the circle into the goalies chest. I honestly think the only type of European I would want on the team is a swede from now on. Preferably a Forsberg.
No thanks... I watched him play the other night and yeah he was about as bad as he was in NY... Good riddance
he gets no respect. he scored 41 then had a half strike season under a coach who clearly hated him and got traded mid season. now hes off to a mediocre start with an under 500 team with no offensive help whatsoever and hes rumored to be traded?? lol look at giroux do people talk trade? guess who else hasnt scored in 7 games, SIDNEY CROSBY!
WHAT A JOKE, probably the fastest player in nhl with a deadly shot who scored 30-40 goals with ease when playing a full season. ill take him right back for brassard and mcilrath straight up
His Shots on Goal are WAY down from his career norms...I don't think it has anything to do with his linemates (they are the same ones he had in NY ironically) but he's either A) lost his confidence or B) His body is slowing down just a bit...with the way he plays, that might be a big deal for him.
Omg. Id do del zotto, pyatt and a draft pick for dubinsky and gabby. But only cuz gabby is on final year and dubi I want back but cbj will never do that. They love dubi
Nah not really. Who can we give up for an under performing 7 million dollar player. Maybe if colunbis sux up half his salary
I liked him while he was here. Classy, good player, pure sniper. Leader? No. Offensive juggernaut? On and off. I said at the time that it was a master stroke by Sather, and I continue to say so. In two trades, Sather took advantage of a stupid GM, and single-handidly built us (coach change included) to where we are now. I hated Sather, but I cannot say anything but good about him Nash trade and on.
Think about what we have done. We have traded a block of stale cheese (Anisimov) and a caveman who couldn't score with a fistful of hundreds in a whorehouse (Dubinsky), a tired old man (Gaborik) and in return we got a very good trade up for depth (Moore and Brassard), elite playmaking (Nash) and less cap space. In any and all categories this equals success.
Only way the Rangers trade anything to bring Gaborik back is if Columbus eats 5 million of the cap hit for the rest of this season... Even still with the emergence of Kreider as a Top 6 player... I am not willing to give up any assets for Gaborik
Jarmo needs to stop deluding himself. Gabby is Gabby. An inconsistent, soft player that is very quiet in the locker room. That's who he is, he isn't changing anything at the age of 31. If he's not satisfied with Gaborik's current performance, well he'll be dealt soon. Because that's who he is.
Right now this trade still looks good because of the pressure off the salary cap, which was huge. However, it's not like Brass, Dorsett, and Moore are tearing it up for us right now. Not to equate a trade through points per player, but those 3 combined have have 1 more point that Gabby. Brass is struggling, but looks like he's starting to find his game. Dorsett has been Dorsett. Moore has been really struggling and has been virtually invisible.
With that said, as long as Nash stays healthy, we don't need a pricey aging player like Gabby. I liked Gabby a lot, but he's going to start his decline if he hasn't started it already.
I'll take Gabby back for DZ and Pyatt! JD???
It's sad because I like Gabby and he did some great things here at times but he hasn't been the same player since his shoulder surgery. I don't know if that is the cause of his problems but he seems to young for this type of decline over the last year. Hoping he turns things around.
If Nash was going to be out long term I definitely would have liked to see Sather make an inquiry, but with Nash expected back by the end of the month, no thanks.
Hope Gabby is traded out west where he'll likely flourish again.
To use your own line against you .. did you even check the stats before you posted that? Remember Gaborik's other crap season? He's just not as elite anymore. Which is fine, and like I said in previous posts, I liked him while he was here. It's a shame we had to unload him. But I'm still of the opinion (and I know you disagree) that the trade was the right thing to do. We will see who is right by the end of this very season when we can compare stats for a full season of all the players traded and see who did better.
@IhaveawaiteratMSG u check the stats before you said that? lol
hte caveman has more points and goals then moore and brassad combinesd. oh throw the in the stale block of cheese (more goals then brassard also) and you get the caveman and cheese with 22 points and the "re-stock" with 9 points. wtf are you talking about restock anyway, dubi and nis are young players.
caveman 15 points in 17 games, future captain of the team. brassard playing on 4th line right now....
not to mention concussion boy who still has to put up 2 40 goal seasons and a playoff hatrick and triple OT winner to top gaboriks career here
@Tom Schodowski You lost your mind? Gaborik for Piluot and Pyatt...deal (if you can find the cap space)
@Kevin DeLury Maybe the East caught on to his tricks? Great players adjust. We'll see
@Kevin DeLury Vancouver, maybe?
Haha, completely kidding
@IhaveawaiteratMSG i think about what we have done all the time!!! and unless rick nash becomes a pure superstar here the trades were a bust...not to mention the 1st round pick no one speaks of, where you can draft players like rick nash and chris kreider. sick of people saying that was a good trade... there is only 1 result that will prove that statement and thats winning the cup with rick nash leading the way. if thatt doesnt happen wtf we do it for? and how can you call it a good trade at this point?
Thank you for the numerous posts. But I'm getting the idea that you think the trade was a good idea, is that correct? :)
@IhaveawaiteratMSG BTW considering rick nash is signed thru 2021, we took on more salary then we got rid of. we guaranteed ourselves about 70 million dollars to be paid to rick nash, the other 3 boys contracs were no where near that
@IhaveawaiteratMSG enough with the BS excuses , we were the #1 team in the eastern conference and semifinalis for the cup when we made those trades. and the bottom line is we havent been that good ever since, period, the end! no questions asked, when rick nash holds lord stanley wearing a blueshirt the trade will be a success, understood ranger fans??! stop giving slats excuses