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04-05-2013, 10:35 AM
Two Pucks, One Cup
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The relationship between Torts and Gaborik has been love/hate since the beginning. Even during his best seasons, there were stretches where Torts would bench/demote him for one play.

To Torts' credit -- everybody is accountable. There is no star treatment. I think Gaborik never liked how he was treated, but he maintained his professionalism and kept quiet.

It wasnt until this year where he made suggestions to the press that he was unhappy with Torts' handling of his play (the line shuffling/demotions etc)

His two worst seasons post-lockout were within three years of each other and under Torts. Since the lockout, when healthy, Gaborik never played like he did in all of 2011 and all of 2013.

I think he lights it up in Columbus. The guy is a superstar.

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