Marian Gaborik has played just 110 games and tallied only 22 goals and 43 points over the last two seasons. The 35-year-old winger has battled injuries throughout his career, and he's now suited up for an average of just 55 contests per season since the lockout-shortened campaign in 2012-13. Counting on him to stay healthy is ill-advised, and he's also well past his offensive prime. However, he's still owns the speed, scoring, playmaking ability and offensive vision to be a streaky scorer. Despite all the red flags, Gaborik can probably still be counted on for a few fleeting stretches of solid fantasy production.
Coach John Stevens clarified that Gaborik's previously undisclosed ailment is in fact a chronic knee injury, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Stevens went on to note that Gaborik will not be joining the team for its exhibition outing in China, as he'll instead be focusing on his recovery. The veteran remains without a timeline to return to action, which leaves his availability for Opening Night against Philadelphia in doubt.
Gaborik (undisclosed) will require further tests Tuesday and remains without a timeline to return, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. Gaborik was already facing the possibility of being forced into a third-line role following the arrival of Michael Cammalleri, but this latest news puts his availability for Opening Night against the Flyers into doubt. The 35-year-old has played in less than 60 games in two consecutive seasons -- which has resulted in a paltry 43 points over that stretch. If they haven't already, fantasy owners may want to consider jumping ship, rather than clinging to hope that the winger will undergo a career resurgence.
Gaborik (undisclosed) is still expected to miss the start of training camp, though he is making progress, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. The oft-injured scoring vet reportedly had a procedure done this offseason that involved repairing a tendon and ligament, but even though he avoided surgery and is said to be doing well, Kings GM Rob Blake added in a State of the Franchise address that Gaborik "still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength." A mid-80s point packer in his heyday with the Rangers, it's difficult to recommend the Czech in anything but the deepest fantasy formats since he's played a combined 110 games over the last two seasons.
Gaborik (undisclosed) will be eligible for Vegas to pick up in the upcoming expansion draft, John Hoven of Sirius XM reports. If you rake in a $4.875 million salary, you're usually expected to also rack up more than 21 points in 56 games. Of course, injuries have been a problem for the 35-year-old, but this decision was at the very least, an easy one. Vegas doesn't have many other talented, reasonably priced options from Los Angeles, so there is a high possibility of a deal with future draft picks happening before the expansion draft takes place.
Gaborik underwent a procedure that will hold him out through at least part of training camp, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports. The veteran winger hasn't supplied much production in either of his last two seasons for the Kings, collecting just 21 points over 56 games in this season. His 2017-18 campaign won't start on a good note, but general manager Rob Blake indicated Monday that the team isn't considering buying Gaborik's contract out. He reportedly played hurt during 2016-17 and will be given an opportunity to get back on track next season. Considering his contract lasts for another four seasons, the Kings certainly hope he can turn things around despite turning 35 years of age in February.
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