NHL Trade Rumors: How Marian Gaborik Affects The Rangers' Trade Deadline Plans
NHL Trade Rumors: Rangers Will Target A Forward With Gaborik Out Indefinitely
Marian Gaborik's always been injury-prone, but this might be the first year he's been injury-prone and ineffective to boot.
Now he'll miss even more time after being diagnosed with a concussion, according to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record and be out indefinitely. ESPN speculated on what this might do to the Rangers in terms of trade targets over the next week, citing Cory Stillman and Radek Dvorak as possible replacements.
But make no bones about it, the Rangers will target a forward now.
That's because that's what the Rangers often do, they see a problem and tend to fix it from outside as quickly as possible. Alex Frolov (who wasn't exactly tearing it up before) gets a season-ending injury? Wojtek Wolski is in New York underperforming not too long after. Eric Lindros, Scott Gomez, Pavel Bure, the list of players the organization has brought in to try and fix its problems stands on its own, and not in a good way.
So to see the organization make a commitment towards its young talent had to be somewhat refreshing for a fan base growing tired of the front office trying to solve problems the same way the Knicks do. But now they're in a tough position, not bad enough to be sellers but overachieving by holding on to a playoff spot. So easy to stay true to the plan but so tantalizing to fall back into old habits.
Of course we all know how this will end. The Rangers will trade for a forward and either miss the Playoffs anyway or be knocked out in the first round. Then the summer will come and ownership will plop down a large check to Brad Richards just to be in this same scenario next season.
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