Found April 29, 2013 on NY Rangers Blog:
Many players eliminated from playoff contention will head to Europe in order to compete in the World Championships, which begin May 3rd. Former Ranger and current Columbus Blue Jackets forward, Marian Gaborik, will not be one of them. Gaborik did not pass his end-of-the-year medical examination with the Blue Jackets and therefore will not compete for Slovakia, according to Slovakia General Manager Otto Sýkora. Gaborik has a groin issue and he and the Blue Jackets medical staff will decide soon whether he needs surgery or if he can rehabilitate it as is.    This leads to questioning if this is an issue that extends back before his move to Columbus. Gaborik's severe dip in play resulted in speculation that he was not healthy, though most of that rooted from his offseason shouder surgery. Each team does thurough examinations of medical records and players almost always undergo physicals prior to the completion of trades so there is little chance that Columbus made a m...

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