EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It was barely two years ago that the Rangers dealt a maligned sniper to Columbus. Liked in the locker room but reviled by coaches and at times the front office and fans, Marian Gaborik was hoping for a fresh start.
He would have to wait nearly another year for that for a truly, new beginning.
Now, facing his former team, Gaborik looks more like the perennial 40-goal scorer he once was in New York. He no longer faces questions of his work ethic or whether or not he truly wants to be in the dressing room with his team. He's scored more goals than anyone else in the playoffs and his teammates have had nothing but glowing reviews for the right winger.
"When I got traded, I wanted to fit in in terms of on the ice and off the ice," Gaborik said. "This team has been together for couple years here, 90 percent of those guys won Cup two years ago. When you're coming to a team that has won and been contender past few years, you want to make sure you fit in, buy into the s...