Thread: Injury Report: Gabby with concussion
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02-21-2011, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by haveandare View Post
This is pure insanity. He produced like he produced last year his whole career except this year - 561 points in 625 games. He scored over a point per game for five years in a row before this year. He was hurt for good portions of those years and his injury history is a very real concern but to say that he isn't a great scorer or can't play this or that style is absolutely unfounded.

Do you honestly think if Torts' system was the difference between the team's most talented player being a game breaking monster and a slightly above average player that he wouldn't tweak the system in order to get the most out of that guy? He's not an idiot and neither is Gabby. If he couldn't succeed with this style of play one or both of them would realize this and tweak the way that he or his line plays in order to get the most out of him. We all saw last year and everyone in Minn saw for the past 8 years that when he is in the game he is often the best player on the ice by a lot. But, of course, anonymous internet posters are infinitely smarter than the most winning American born coach of all time and a player that is nearly a PPG over a 600+ game NHL career.

"He's just no good enough to keep around" is a silly knee-jerk statement. Gaborik has been one of the best scorers in the league since he entered it. He's had a down year so far possibly because of a brain injury.

How quickly we forget. This guy WAS the Rangers last year and for almost a decade before that he carried the Wild more or less single handedly. The fact that people here are willing to **** on the guy over the fact that he got a head injury that many, many players in the league have suffered recently is legitimately embarrassing. He didn't trip over a crack in the ice and break his hip or something. This isn't a sign of being a glass man - it's a occupational hazard when you play a fast, violent game on ice for a living.
I never said he is not a great scorer. He is, when healthy. WHEN HEALTHY. That is the problem, he cannot stay healthy. In the past, he has had problems with the groin and hip, and seemed to overcome them. Now he has sustained a shoulder separation and a concussion in the same season... That, to me , is not good for the long term. There is no arguing that when he is Healthy and on his game, he is an elite talent. Problem is, there is no guarantee he ever really reverts back to form, especially after the shoulder injury, and now concussion problems. Jagr was never the same after a very similar injury to his shoulder(although i would take Jagr today still).
I personally do think that the way this team has played and the identity it has assumed, as a tough hardworking team does not suit Gaborik, and the way the roster is built dictates the style of play at this point. Torts Has tweaked about everything he possibly can to accommodate Gaborik, short of calling Pavol Demitra! No amount of line-tweaking and adjustments are going to work when the guy they are made for, is not in the lineup. We need some consistent scoring in our top lines, not question marks and lollipops.

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