The April 3 trade deadline is now less than a week away, and the New York Rangers are going to have to figure out what they want to do with Marian Gaborik.
It's no secret that 2013 has been a disaster for Gaborik, who has just nine goals and 19 points in 33 games this season and only four goals in his last 28 games.
After a 41-goal and 76-point performance in 2011-12, Gaborik was expected carry his impressive play over into 2013, where he was to share the scoring load with summer-acquisition Rick Nash.
But with 15 games remaining, the Rangers have the lowest goals-for total in the Eastern Conference, and a major reason for that is because Gaborik has not held up his part of the bargain.
It's true that the Rangers may not find many options in what appears to be a seller's trade-market, so their best option is to move Gaborik. He does have a limited no-trade clause, which allows him select 10 teams he does not want to be traded to, but that still gives the Rangers a lot of wiggle room.
Here's why I think they should aggressively test the market for Gaborik before next Wednesday.