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UPDATE: Friday, March 29 at 9:20 a.m. ET
There have been no new reports involving Gaborik and trade speculation since this article was first published. His salary cap hit of $7.5 million and recent struggles offensively (two goals in last 20 games) have not helped increase his value leading up to the April 3 trade deadline.
Since the Rangers are fighting for a playoff spot, don't expect general manager Glen Sather to trade his star winger.
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The New York Rangers will likely consider moving a number of different players to bolster their depth and talent before the trade deadline, and one player who has been involved in recent reports and speculation is top-line winger Marian Gaborik, who is the team's most skilled offensive player.
TSN's Darren Dreger recently talked about the Gaborik rumors during an appearance on NHL Network:
Marian Gaborik's name of the New York Rangers has surfaced, not that the Rangers are trying to push this guy out the door. They know that seven times in his career he's scored 30 or more goals, so he's a key component offensively.
But they are getting calls on Marian Gaborik. With a year left at [a $7.5 million salary cap hit] it might be surprising if he gets traded, but San Jose and the New York Rangers seem to have a lot of dialogue going.
Gaborik has not played well in 2013 and his inconsistency has resulted in John Tortorella actually putting him on the third line for a few shifts. The 31-year-old winger has scored four goals in his last 26 games, which is one reason why New York ranks 28th in goals scored and 25th in power-play success.
If the Rangers seriously consider trading Gaborik, getting another top-six forward or a point-producing offensive defenseman should be part of the return package. The Blueshirts have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their 12 games in March thus far, and cannot afford to trade their best goal scorer without getting another impressive offensive talent in return.
Since Gaborik has just one more year left on his deal, acquiring him isn't a huge risk for a playoff contender, especially since he is still in the prime of his career and capable of scoring 35-plus goals in a normal 82-game season.
In one of my columns last week, I explained why the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks are teams that would be good trade partners for the Rangers in regard to a Gaborik deal.