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02-27-2013, 02:56 PM
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Trxjw
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Originally Posted by GAGLine View Post
Well, so far, this season has been as bad or worse. He leads the team with 7 goals in 18 games, but scored those goals in only 4 games. He only has points in 7 of 18 games. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 13 games.

Sure, if you prorate his numbers over an 82 game season, he'll have 31-32 goals, but is that worth 7.5 mil a year? If he isn't scoring, he's not really helping the team. He's not great along the boards, not great at carrying the puck. He won't kill us defensively, but he's hardly a standout in that area. He's not going to kill penalties.

Don't get me wrong, I like Gabby and I'm not in a rush to ship him out. But neither would I be sad to see him go in the right deal. He's got 1 year left on his contract. It might be a tight squeeze to fit everyone in next year. Who knows if he'll re-sign after that, or if Slats will want to re-sign him. Gabby and Torts have butted heads more than once. At the very least, we should explore the trade market to see what we could get for him.
He's coming off of major shoulder surgery, has zero chemistry with a center who has been an offensive black hole, and he's played at least half of his games out of position. Pro-rating makes little sense, especially in a shortened season with all of the underlying factors I just listed.

Faulting Gaborik because he's one dimensional is foolish, IMO. Trading him won't net you a 40 goal scorer, and frankly it's not going to net you a 30 goal scorer who can hit, kill penalties, and do whatever else Gaborik doesn't do. Guys that can score 40 goals are hard to come by. Ones that do all of the little things are even more rare.

If we have to trade him as a cap casualty, that's something I can accept, but trading him for a collection of lesser parts seems like a step backwards. If we want depth, acquire depth, but depth at the expense of a 40 goal scorer seems foolish.

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