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03-17-2013, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by abev View Post
Everytime I see 'edge' and Gaborik in the same sentence I think of the game Gaborik played as a Wild @ MSG the year before he came to the Rangers.

I had a negative view of him before that game (I was at the game in Minn when he scored 5 goals against the Rangers) and even that game I felt it was a pretty soft 5 goals (is that possible?).

That game at MSG he was hitting everyone and was all over the ice. I was impressed with his grit and his scoring ability. I was at the game and watched him away from the puck. I used to record Ranger games and I wonder if I have that game saved somewhere. He was downright chippy!
He has to feel safe to do that. Losing Prust, Rupp, and Bickel from the lineup makes it harder to find room out there. The Rangers Identity worked last year cause they could send out one combatant after another no matter how physical the game got. Adding one more player, and pushing McIlrath into Hamrlik's role should be explored before trading Gaborik.

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