No one can make fun of his heart/character: playing 2+ rounds with a torn rotator cuff is ballsy.
Certainly explains why he wasn't shooting the puck worth a **** in the playoffs
5 months would mean missing the first month of the season, but he won't get any training camp time. maybe he can at least do the skating drills in camp, shouldn't affect his ability to work on his conditioning
Seriously? It doesn't exonerate him? He played a full 2 series with a VERY serious shoulder injury that would keep most of us from working, let alone doing any physical activity. Please....
Well there is merit to the idea that he gets injured at bad times...though it always seems like his injuries are flukes. First year he got cut by Hanks skate and then gave himself a groin injury trying to come back from it too early, now he gets a shoulder injury near the end of the season, etc
But freaking out and putting it all on him doesn't make sense. He can't really control that kind of stuff. It makes more sense to find a way to increase the teams depth so it can handle things like this when they come up
I fail to see how this exonerates Gaborik. It just proves my point that he is too soft and injury prone to be a leading scorer in a championship team.
2010 injured Olympics sucked down stretch
2011 injured all season
2012 injured playoffs
This guy is Phil Kessel and like Boston we need to move him.
I don't think anyone would disagree with anything you said if you just remove the word soft. Doesn't make alot of sense to call a guy who just played about 15 games with a torn rotator cuff soft. He is every buit as much a "warrior" as Girardi or Cally if this is true.
That may not mean he is what we need or want in terms of a $7m top scorer, but all the crazies who were questioning his character can back off now.
First of all, I don't think this had anything to do with his poor play. I was primarily a baseball player and tore my rotator cuff throwing from my knees on a play in the hole at shortstop. I played three more games before going for surgery, and had about 7 or 8 hits in those 3 games. I couldn't really throw the ball anymore (DH'd those 3 games), but it didn't affect my hitting one bit. Never felt an ounce of pain swinging the bat, so this doesn't exonerate Gaborik to me. His biggest problem to me was lack of lateral speed and the inability to hold onto the puck when he got hit/leaned on.
I have a new found respect for Gaborik. Playing with a torn rotator cuff like he did is admirable. It really is.
I do feel though that we need to trade him and get a good return for him. He has contributed greatly to the Rangers, but the injuries are just too much.
He sucked it up and played all 82 games and every playoff game, but now we will be without Gaborik until November/December.
The injuries just keep on stockpiling. In one way or another, his injuries will continue to hamper us. I appreciate Gaborik and respect him a lot, but in a business like this one, it's time for him to go. This has become a way of life with Gaborik and if we hang on to him, we will continue to suffer.
Like I said, I respect the man a ****load, and appreciate his efforts and contributions, but it's time for a change.