Gaborik artwork courtesy of reader Brittany Brubaker.
Despite Marian Gaborik's 114 regular season goals in 3+ seasons with the Rangers, I feel Blueshirt fans never really warmed to the guy. When things went wrong he was always the whippng boy.
As soon as his production would waiver, fans were quick to point out how he doesn't fit in Tortorella's system and he needs to play tougher.
But not everyone has to play with "jam" or grit. Some guys are just pure goal scorers. The problem with Gaborik is once the goals dried up, he really didn't offer anything else. He is a very streaky player, which can be maddening at times. While his goal totals look nice there were too many games where he was invisible.
When we've seen guys like Brandon Dubinsky struggle in the past to score, you could at least count on him to play hard and contribute on the penalty kill, but with Gabby it was goals or nothing.
I also feel that trading Gaborik for depth and toughness, is an admission b...