Marian Gaborik: Possible Surgery May Spell the End in Minnesota

Scott GollContributor IJanuary 2, 2009

They say in life, two things are inevitable: death and taxes.

In hockey, those two inevitabilities were that injuries will befall both Peter Forsberg and Saku Koivu.

Well, the face of the Minnesota Wild has made his case to entrench himself as a long-standing member in the newly formed Triumvirate of Triage.

Marian Gaborik, will undergo surgery for his problematic left hip on Monday, and miss a minimum of 10 weeks according to the team.  His season, and perhaps his Wild career, might both be finished.

The talented but oft-injured winger has played just six games this season and missed roughly 100 during the course of the last four campaigns. After missing training camp with a separate injury, the 26-year-old soon-to-be a free agent may have skated his last shift with the franchise.

One hopes, as a fan of the game, that a player as talented as Gaborik can finally overcome his injuries on a long-term basis.  Last season he played 77 games and was good for a career-high 42 goals and 83 points.

But being on the ice has been more of the exception than the rule for Gaborik, who reportedly turned down several offers from Minnesota to extend his current contract.

My instinct tells me he'll have the surgery and miraculously return to form for Pittsburgh or Detroit at a reasonable price.  Whether he stays on the ice or not is anybody's guess.