Thread: Marian Gaborik
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03-14-2013, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
I'm glad somebody said it. Gaborik's injury history somehow earned him a special status whereby when he's playing well he's assumed to be 100% healthy but any time he starts suck or to struggle or slump, a fair amount of fans will claim he obviously must be injured or battling an injury - never pointing the finger at Gaborik or considering that he's playing poorly by his own doing the way we know every other player in this league is capable of.

When Richards stinks up the joint no one assumes he's injured or makes excuses for his poor play, but when Gabby does the same, blame always gets deflected to an assumed 'weak' shoulder or sore groin. The guy had a long off-season to heal and recooperate and like I said earlier, Tortorella would have full knowledge of the players' injury status and he shows absolutely no qualms about benching Gabby (if he deserves it) or calling out the top players for their poor play. If he knew a guy was battling a nagging injury that was responsible for the poor performance, he would not be calling that player out in the manner that he does.
Torts didn't know about Gaby's shoulder during last postseason. not sure if he called him out or not.

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