While Gaborik has eight goals and nine assists, he scored five of those goals in two games in January and has been largely invisible most of the season.
There's plenty of rumblings that Gaborik might be available. As Elliotte Friedman of CBCSports reported:
The Rangers do the Rick Nash trade 100 times out of 100, but that deal and other losses (Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko) robbed them of depth. The reason Gaborik might (and that's the key word: might) be available is the return could replace that depth. But the only way New York does anything with him is if the move really improves the team.
Gaborik makes a hearty $7.5 million, which serves as an impediment toward any deal. However, the Rangers have needs. And if they can use Gaborik to fill those needs, they might pull the trigger. As Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported:
The Blueshirts covet a right-handed, top-four blueliner and would also like to add a couple of bottom-six, grinding type forwards.
If Gaborik can be flipped in any trade to get those assets, I believe the Rangers would move him.
Gaborik has a limited no-trade clause, so getting rid of him isn't easy. But if they can fill the needs, it might be worth it.
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