Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/14/14

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 08: Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammate Vaclav Prospal #20 after scoring in the third period against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on October 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
As was the case seven years ago, the NHL owners and players are very far apart heading into the final months of labor negotiations prior to the scheduled open of the 2012-2013 season.  If there aren’t some serious compromises by both sides, it’s unlikely that the season will start on time. While that’s an unpleasant thought for Rangers fans, it also might be a good thing for the team’s fortunes next season, assuming it is held in a shortened fashion. That’s because: Marian Gaborik will have more time to heal.  Despite his efforts, GM Glen Sather has been unable to find another big offensive threat this summer.  The Blueshirts are woefully thin on scoring depth without Gaborik leading the way and they may really struggle with him out of the lineup.  However, a month or two of lost season may be just the time Gaborik needs to recover from his torn labrum, allowing him to lead New York’s offense again from the first game of the year.  An extra month or two could also bring Michael Sa...
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