According to Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey, Rangers star winger Marian Gaborik will need offseason surgery to repair his injured shoulder, and will be sidelined for up to six months.
Earlier this week, the team revealed that he was battling through an injury he sustained in the team's first round series against Ottawa. But the severity of the injury wasn't explained until his MRI results came back this morning.
While you never want to deal with injuries, the Rangers can consider themselves somewhat fortunate Gaborik will spend the duration of the summer rehabbing and healing and will miss a minimal amount of the season.
Gaborik played thru a torn rotator cuff, now needs surgery, sidelined 5-6 months. Yeah, he was really dogging it in the playoffs, wasn't he?— Spector's Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) June 1, 2012
After a 41-goal campaign, Gaborik caught the ire of many Blueshirts fans for a series of underwhelming performances throughout their playoff run, despite scoring in triple overtime in Game 3 against Washington.
Boy, I bet you sure do feel like jerks for criticizing him now, don't you Rangers fans? In fact, come to think of it, 11 points in 20 games isn't too shabby for more or less playing with one arm, is it?
Now, New York, who many have argued fell short in the Eastern Conference Finals due to a lack of goal-scoring, will be forced to start next season without it's leading scorer from 2011-12. Barring any setbacks, he'll be expected back anywhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Paging Zach Parise?