People that still think Gaborik is injury prone is a direct reflection of the mindset on how many people have a real grasp on him as a player.
Except he is injury prone. He just plays scared now, so he doesn't get hurt. He's afraid to finish checks or to put his body on the line to make a play. He plays a timid game, in an effort to not get hurt.
I can't count how many times I've seen Gaborik reach with his stick instead of move his body towards the puck.
I'm truly not that versed on the players names being thrown around in a potential Gaborik trade.
However, I've been watching Gabs for a few years now and it seems to me that his skills have greatly diminished over the years he spent in NY.
Given Gabs, salary history (what would a team have to pay him to resign?) in addition to his lack of offensive production, can the Rangers obtain any real value in a trade? Sure, I would kick the tires hoping some GM believes Gabs wasn't used properly in NY. Is he being shopped? Probably. I'm just not sure there is much value currently in moving him.
No doubt that Hossa is an amazing hockey player but you can't even use consistency as an argument over Gaborik.
I'd say they are pretty damn close.
That's fair. I'm just trying to not go by stats. Whenever I watch the Hawks play, albeit the whole team is incredible, I can't help but notice Hossa dominating, whether he is on the stat sheet or not.
Gaborik goes invisible for stretches at a time, and scores many of his goals in large chunks. Nothing wrong with the large chunks, but he doesn't contribute anything a lot of the time, and I'm not talking about points. I'm talking about effort and usability.
As for the Kings not wanting Boyle back, I disagree. They traded him a long time ago, before Boyle could blossom into an effective NHL player. Boyle is an ideal 4th liner (borderline 3rd liner), great defensive player, and great PKer, with size.
I don't do the deal though. I want more potent return for Gaborik.