Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 8/20/13
The National Hockey League salary cap figures to take a quantum leap next season after the single-season, post-lockout adjustment. Many ambitious teams will have money to spend.That is noteworthy to the many players seeking to rebound from dismal campaigns during the “walk” year of their contracts. These guys have the most to gain from regaining their previous form:MARIAN GABORIK, W, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETSSalary: $7.5 millionWhat went wrong: He played his way into coach John Tortorella’s doghouse last season and scored just nine goals in 35 games for the Rangers. The Blue Jackets rescued him but coaxed just three goals from him in 12 games. Last spring the Columbus front office seemed eager to discuss a contract extension, but right now neither side seems eager to rush into a deal.Best case scenario: Gaborik, 31, stayed healthy in 2011-12 and scored 42 goals for the Rangers. He had an earlier 42-goal season in New York and a 42-goal season in Minnesota as well. But the Blue Jackets don’t have many play
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