Gaborik is skating on the top-line with Anze Kopitar and Justin WIlliams.
Gaborik was acquired on Wednesday in the hope that he will spark the Kings offensively. Putting him on a line with Kopitar certainly increases his fantasy value, but hopefully for his fantasy owners, he can be defensively responsible enough to stay in coach Sutter's good graces.
Gaborik is expected to make his Kings debut on Thursday in Winnipeg.
Following being traded by the Blue Jackets to the Kings, Gaborik jumped on a play to meet his new teammates in Winnipeg. Gaborik is a speedy winger who has battled injuries throughout the season, but is an elite NHL goal-scorer when healthy. He has just 18 goals and 23 assists (41 points) in 69 games dating back to last season, but in 2011-12 he had 41 goals (76 points) in 82 games with the Rangers. He will step into the Kings' top-6 and help their 27th ranked offence. The Kings have no problem playing defence, but Gabo should see time on Anze Kopitar's line, a duo that should be pretty dynamic.
The Blue Jackets have traded Gaborik to the Kings for Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick. Columbus will also retain a large portion of Gaborik's contract.
The Kings have struggled to score this season, so acquiring Gaborik should help that problem. Gaborik is a dynamic scorer, but has missed the majority of the year with injuries. He has six goals and eight assists (14 points) in 22 games this season. He will head to the Kings and could find himself on a line with Anze Kopitar.
Gaborik (collarbone) has officially been cleared to play and will be in the lineup on Thursday.
Gaborik is expected to start out on the fourth line with Derek MacKenzie and Mark Letestu, but also be featured on the top power-play unit with Nathan Horton and Ryan Johansen. The Blue Jackets are going to ease Gabo back into action, but don't be surprised if he is off of that fourth line and bumped up within a few shifts. Gaborik is a game changer who is only owned in 73% of Yahoo! leagues, if you're in one of those 27% of leagues where he is not, better rush to the waiver wire.
Gaborik (collarbone) is expected to return to the Blue Jackets lineup on Thursday.
Gaborik has been out since December 21 with a broken collarbone. It was his first game back after missing five weeks with a knee injury and he was injured once again. The injuries have limited him to just 18 games this season, but the Olympic break allowed him to get healthy without missing anymore time. There is no word as to where he will slot into the lineup and who will get demoted, however he will likely land on a line with Artem Anisimov as his pivot. Gabo has five goals and seven assists (12 points) in 18 games.
Gaborik (collarbone) will not play for Slovakia in Sochi.
Gaborik was named to the Slovakian roster even though he had a broken collarbone, which he suffered on Dec. 21, and on Thursday the organization said that doctors still haven't cleared Gaborik to play. "I'm extremely disappointed that I won't be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team," said Gaborik. "I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games."
Gaborik (collarbone) is on the ice with the team for the morning skate.
Gaborik is not participating in any group drills, but he is doing some light shooting for the first time since breaking his collarbone on December 21. His collarbone appears to be healing on track and he should be ready to go after the Olympic break.
Marian Gaborik, who had just returned after missing five weeks because of a knee injury, suffered a fractured collarbone that will keep him out of the lineup up to two months.
Gaborik’s injury almost certainly rules him out of playing for Slovakia in the Winter Olympics. The hockey tournament is set to begin on Feb. 12 — just 71/2 weeks from today. “He seemed like he was in decent spirits,” head coach Todd Richards said. “But I’m sure once it starts to settle in — the significance of the injury, obviously missing the time here from our lineup, plus all the work that he put in to get ready to come back … now to miss something that happens only every four years, that’s tough. You don’t get many shots at that.” -
The Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward Marian Gaborik on the injured reserve list Saturday night after he suffered a broken collarbone during the first period of a 6-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Gaborik will be out indefinitely. Gaborik came off IR on Friday after missing 17 games with a sprained knee. He was sandwiched between Philadelphia players Braydon Coburn and Zac Rinaldo while taking a shot midway through the first period and appeared to be hit in the head by Rinaldo.
Gaborik (knee) is expected to be activated from IR and play on Saturday.
Gaborik has been sidelined for almost five weeks with a knee sprain. In his first full season with the Blue Jackets, he was slow out of the gate registering 11 points (6G /5A) in 17 games. In 16 contests without Gaborik the Blue Jackets went 7-7-2. He skated on a line with Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno in practice this morning so expect that to be a line tomorrow, barring any changes in the game-day skate.
Gaborik said that he is targeting Saturday for a return. If Saturday is the day, it will be his first game following a 17-game absence.
During his first official practice, Gaborik skated with Artem Anisimov and Boone Jenner. "I think I need one more practice to make sure everything's fine and to get the feel for everything again, pucks, one-on-ones, skating full stride and those unexpected moves...just dealing with everything that's thrown at you. One more practice and I should be good."